IPL 2020: Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL trophies in alternate years i.e. in 2012 and 2014 but ever since KKR haven’t been able to add a third IPL title. The reasons can be many but Gambhir, the two-time IPL winning captain feels it has got to do with the fact that the franchise endured its ‘biggest loss’ when they let go, Suryakumar, who went on to make a mark representing another IPL team.
Former KKR captain Gambhir reveals that many players have switched other sides but losing Suryakumar Yadav has been ‘KKR’s biggest loss’ so far. “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.
Mumbai Indians clinched their record-extending fifth IPL title if we look back upon those who contributed most of the times toward the team’s successful run, then it came 3-4 names under the pump. One of them will be the SKY, who played consistently throughout the season for Mumbai Indians and felt his presence in everyone' mind.
Suryakumar Yadav played 16 matches this season and scored 480 runs with a healthy average, the second-most runs for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 behind Quinton de Kock.
Before joining Mumbai Indians back in 2018, Suryakumar Yadav spent four seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR), where he could score only 608 runs. However, his fortunes changed radically since coming to MI. In 2018, Surya burned up the charts with 512 runs and followed it with 424 more the year later.
“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 aside. Going forward, I’m sure Surya will take charge of this side if he stays with Mumbai Indians.” he added.