'Injured' Yadav cracks a blistering ton
When Surya Kumar Yadav walked out to bat for the Chandrakant Pandit XI against the Dilip Vengsarkar XI, he must have known the value of the innings.cricket Updated: Sep 30, 2011 00:04 IST
When Surya Kumar Yadav walked out to bat for the Chandrakant Pandit XI against the Dilip Vengsarkar XI, he must have known the value of the innings. He was returning to action after a fractured middle-finger had kept him away from the cricket fields for close to two months. He, also, missed the bus to the Champions League T20 (CLT20) with his franchisee, the Mumbai Indians, under controversial circumstances.
Yadav made sure that his innings in the Shalini Bhalekar under-22 trophy at the Oval Maidan did not go unnoticed. He ended the day on an elephantine score of 182, hitting seven towering sixes. The innings, which lasted for around three hours, portrayed his top level of fitness, about which HT had reported on Thursday.
The determination to transform the bitterness, of having missed a big-ticket tournament, to grabbing any opportunity that he had with open arms was evident. "Once I got going, I knew I had to make full use of the chance," said Yadav after the tiring innings.
But, has the talented all-rounder rushed his return from the injury? "No. I did start practicing before my rehab period was over but that was only because my (injured) finger would not face any problems. Had it affected my finger I would not have started practicing."