Despite missing the team’s first two matches, the top India hitter had an impression in the Indian Premier League, scoring a half-century for Mumbai Indians in his first game of the season, albeit in a losing cause, in his first game of IPL 2022. Harbhajan Singh, a former Mumbai Indians player and India legend, praised the 31-year-old top hitter as the “Shahrukh Khan of Mumbai Indians.”Due to a hairline fracture on his thumb, Suryakumar Yadav missed the first two games for Mumbai. On his comeback, he hit a 36-ball 52 to help Mumbai chase down a 162-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders.

In an interview, Harbhajan Singh praised Suryakumar for his ability to bat in any situation and under any environment, recalling the knock and his effect in the Mumbai Indians lineup.

“Remember how he used to say, ‘Main hoon na (I’m still here)’ like Shahrukh Khan, thus he’s the Shahrukh Khan of this squad.” He comes in when the going gets tough, hits well against spin, and can go 360 against pacers. And he is so confident in his batting that even if it takes him 4-5 balls to get off the mark, he knows he can make up for it later in the innings, as he has demonstrated,” he remarked.