Suryakumar Yadav, India’s ace middle-order batsman, has been included in the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) central contracts for the first time, as a reward for his outstanding batting of late. The 31-year-old batsman, who has played seven one-day internationals and 14 T20 internationals for India, has been offered a ‘Grade C’ deal for Rs 1 lakh per year.

The dashing Mumbai hitter, who earned his national cap last year against England at home, was overjoyed. After scoring a ton of runs in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League, he received the call. He didn’t get to bat in his first game, but he made a statement in the second by hitting 57 off just 31 deliveries. Yadav has a strike rate of 165 in T20 internationals, which is 23 points higher than his T20 strike rate of 142.

Yadav has a reputation for being a floater who can make an impression wherever he is asked to bat. The man can also switch gears at certain points throughout a match and, if necessary, can switch to a part-time off-spin bowler with 24 first-class wickets.