Mumbai, March 31: The five-time champion Mumbai Indians received a boost in their middle order when Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav joined the team’s biobubble after recovering from a finger injury and completing the mandatory quarantine period.
Yadav took part in a strength and conditioning session with other Mumbai Indians stars on Wednesday and will now be available for their match against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday (April 2) at DY Patil Stadium here.
Suryakumar had suffered a minor fracture during a fielding attempt in the third and final T20I against the West Indies in Kolkata on February 20. He was undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy and recently recovered from the injury.
Suryakumar Yadav came out of his mandatory quarantine and joined the team for the gym session in the company of his teammates Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan and Jasprit Bumrah,” the franchise said in a statement Thursday.
The team underwent a strength and conditioning session on Wednesday under the watchful eye of Paul Chapman. The session involved weight training and physical conditioning, with the focus on working on core fitness and building strength, according to the release.
In Yadav’s absence, the Mumbai Indians’ middle order had struggled to capitalize on the strong start provided by starters Rohit Sharma (41) and Ishan Kishan (81), who raised 67 for the opening wicket in their four-game defeat. wickets against Delhi Capitals. The Mumbai Indians had posted an under-par 177/5 which Delhi chased at 18.2 overs.
If Yadav returns to action against the Royals on Saturday, the pressure on Tilak Verma and Kieron Pollard in the middle order will ease somewhat.