Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by five wickets to win their fifth Indian Premier League title on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma and company displayed solid form throughout the tournament and most times team failed to put on a fight against them.
The reason behind this form was Mumbai’s unit being filled with several match-winners. One among them was Suryakumar Yadav, who even garnered appreciation from India men cricket team coach Ravi Shastri for his resilience on the field.
In the finals on Tuesday, Suryakumar came out to bat in the fifth over and started off by creaming a four and a six on the first two balls he faced. While Surya did what he has been doing for MI throughout the season, skipper Rohit Sharma eased off the pressure from the other end.
However, when MI moved closer to 90 at the halfway stage of the chase, the team lost Suryakumar in the 11th over following a mix-up in the middle with Rohit.
After playing the ball straight to mid-off, the skipper pushed for a single but Suryakumar looked unsure. But with Rohit already reaching the non-striker’s end, the batsman sacrificed his wicket.
The selfless act by Suryakumar, saw many taking to social media and talking high about his character.
Suryakumar Yadav sacrifices his wicket for Rohit Sharma, Really selfless, gets Run out when Rohit could have got run out for 47,now Rohit has to win it for MI from here. Rohit is playing his 200th IPL Match approaching 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 has made the ultimate ultimate sacrifice in the face of adversity.
— Deepak S (@DeepakS55356833) November 10, 2020
That run out sacrifice by Suryakumar yadav is what sports is all about
Cricket is not just a game@surya_14kumar u have my respect Boss….No words
— Howzat🏏 (@Esskay45) November 10, 2020
Speaking on the incident during the post-match presentation ceremony Rohit said: “The kind of form he was in, I should have sacrificed my wicket for Surya.”
Mumbai completed the 157-run chase comfortably with eight balls to spare. Meanwhile, Suryakumar finished as Mumbai’s third-highest run scorer, amassing 480 runs from 15 innings.