The Mumbai Indians beat the Delhi Capitals by five wickets to claim their fifth Indian Premier League title on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma and his company showed solid form throughout the tournament and most of the time the team failed to fight against them.
The reason behind this form was that the Mumbai unit was filled with several match winners. One of them was Suryakumar Yadav, who even garnered appreciation from Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri for his resilience on the pitch.
In Tuesday’s final, Suryakumar went out at bat in the fifth and started off with a four and a six on the first two balls he faced. While Surya has done what he has done for MI throughout the season, skipper Rohit Sharma has relieved the pressure on the other side.
However, when MI moved closer to 90 halfway through the chase, the team lost Suryakumar in the 11th due to a confusion in the middle with Rohit.
After playing the ball straight at halfway the skipper pushed for a single but Suryakumar looked uncertain. But with Rohit already reaching the non-attacking end, the batsman sacrificed his wicket.
Suryakumar’s selfless act has seen a lot of people take to social media and talk high about his character.
Suryakumar Yadav sacrifices his wicket for Rohit Sharma, Truly Selfless, exits while Rohit could have been exhausted for 47, now Rohit has to earn it for MI from here. Rohit plays his 200th IPL game as he approaches a fifty (50). #MIVDC
– Rishabh Wadhwa (@Cric_Rishabh) November 10, 2020
– Adwait Kulkarni (@I_Sherlocked) November 10, 2020
An absolute disaster of a run-out!
Suryakumar yadav made the ultimate sacrifice in the face of adversity.
– Deepak S (@ DeepakS55356833) November 10, 2020
This sacrifice exhausted by Suryakumar Yadav is what sport is
Cricket is not just a game@ surya_14kumar You have my respect Boss …. No words
– Howzat🏏 (@ Esskay45) November 10, 2020
Speaking about the incident at the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit said: “The kind of form he was in, I should have sacrificed my wicket for Surya.”
Mumbai finished the chase comfortably 157 points with eight balls in reserve. Meanwhile, Suryakumar finished third in Mumbai’s top scorer, amassing 480 points in 15 innings.