Gautam Gambhir, who won two titles as the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has reckoned that his former team’s biggest mistake in the last 13 years was to let go off Suryakumar Yadav, who has starred for Mumbai Indians on numerous occasions since 2018 now.
The 30-year-old, spent four years with KKR between 2014 and 2017 and was even appointed as the vice-captain of the team but his batting position was the area of concern for him. Gautam Gambhir after the starry show of the batsman in IPL 2020 has stated that KKR could have easily built a team around Mumbai Indians’ number three.
“Suryakumar Yadav is not easily earned by Mumbai Indians. He’s probably the biggest loss that KKR has ever had in 13 years. Someone who was young, came into KKR, played for four years, obviously couldn’t get the number where he should have batted at because of the batting line up we had at that time,” Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo.
“Manish Pandey was batting at No. 3 but he was batting at No. 6 or 7. KKR could have easily built around Suryakumar Yadav. He was the vice-captain when I was leading the side. Made him the vice-captain so that there was easy transition. I could see that leadership quality with Surya. Very selfless guy, you make him bat at No. 6 or 7. He can bat at any number. There will never be a phase where he’d like to bat at 3. And that is the kind of players you want,” Gautam Gambhir told while talking to ESPNcricinfo.
Suryakumar Yadav can surely become captain of Mumbai Indians
Further, the former Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders captain said that it’s rare to find an Indian talent like Suryakumar Yadav. Gambhir also predicted that the right-hand Mumbai batsman will lead the 5-time champions if he continues to stay with the team.
“Probably the biggest loss till now. Yes, players have moved from one franchise to another. Chris Gayle went to some other franchise and there are many other players. But probably for me the biggest loss till now KKR is ever had is probably letting go Suryakumar Yadav because you don’t get Indian players with that kind of talent,” Gambhir added.
“We still haven’t seen his leadership quality. He’s got a great head on his shoulder. He knows how to lead a side. Going forward, I’m sure Surya will take charge of this side if he stays with Mumbai Indians,” Gambhir added.
Notably, Suryakumar Yadav smashed 480 runs in IPL 2020 with an average of 40.00 and strike-rate of 145.01. The Pune-born registered four fifty-plus scores in the touranament and finished at seventh spot in the list of highest run-scorers. He had scored 512 runs in IPL 2018 and 424 runs in the following edition.