“Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by CHANGE “ -A Well-versed quote by Jim Rohn. Surya Kumar Yadav, the unsung Hero of Mumbai Indians has something resemblance to the fact of his career and life changed after being associated with the Indian Biggest Conglomerate, Reliance Industries, Cricket team, popularly know as the MUMBAI INDIANS(MI), tag line“Duniya Hila Denge”

A Sneek-Peek to his ” CAREER – CHANGE

Surya Kumar Ashok Yadav, popularly known as Surya Kumar Yadav, is the Mumbai Born Indian International Cricketer who represents India in ODI and T20 Cricket Formats. He is a talented Right- Handed Batsmen and an Aggressive and occasional Bowler.

A Batman is not scared to innovate, Yadav’s game is suited for the prolonged shorter and longer terms of games when he was signed by the Mumbai Indian in 2011, and in 2014 auctions, Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) branched INR 70 lakh for his act of services.

From Surya Kumar Yadav to SKY: A Tale of Transformation


Yadav mentioned in his interview once that – “I had only one thing on my mind. The harder I work, the more consistent I become. Someday, my opportunity will come.” – those are the platitude statements delivered by him that completely contradict the hard truth behind them. He set out with a dream of playing for India 11 years ago, and in the month of March, at the age of 30, that dream finally came true.

Yadav was not a genius, he was a powerful player with a major weakness–he did not have shots to offer on the offside. There were serious allegations of dressing room strife, indiscipline, being hauled up by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) once for questioning his exclusion from the state’s one-day team (and included only after tendering an apology). The kind of stuff that doesn’t do much good to a man’s career or confidence.

He made a debut for Mumbai in 2010, coming into the formats of Mumbai Indians in 2011 gradually by the next 3 years, in 2014, he was auctioned and got franchised by the Riders (KKR). He signed up for an unforgiving diet challenging his body to become leaner against his comfort zone. Eight years after he had already become a top-level professional, he began to transform his game, strengthen his off-side strokes. He trained at ungodly hours for specific results, asked friends to give throwdowns during the lockdown, and even stepped up to the intimidating challenge of opening the batting for Mumbai Indians. This, while averaging over 44 in 77 first-class matches for Mumbai.

“Action speaks louder than Voice”

In 2018, he went back to Mumbai Indians, where he was found the new him. At KKR, between 2014-17, Yadav aggregated 164, 157, 182, and 105 runs. The next three seasons at Mumbai Indians, Yadav scored 512, 424, and 480. It was impossible to ignore Yadav’s transformation after the 2020 IPL. If the 2018 IPL was a sign of the changes to come, 2020 was really where Yadav was at the peak of his ability, thriving in the role of a finisher at No 3. He averaged 40 at a strike rate of 145, both career-best numbers in the IPL. He also hit 61 boundaries, the most by a Mumbai Indians batsman and 15 more than Quinton de Kock, the next best boundary hitter. Yadav finally knows his game. He knows he can take his time. 

“Initially he was a player who would use the pace and probably play behind the wicket but over the last 2-3 years he has completely changed that,” said Jayawardene.


“He can play in front, covering more areas. He has more ammunition to work with. He has become pretty much a very complete player, that makes him more successful .”