Suryakumar Yadav is an Indian cricketer, who mostly bats in the middle order for the Indian national cricket team. In January 2023, Yadav ranked first in the ICC player rankings for T20 Batsmen in the world. NDTV Sports Popular for his 360-degree shots, Suryakumar Yadav hits shots all around the ground, producing uppercuts, inside-out drives, ramps, pulls, scoops, lofts, sweeps, and reverse sweeps in profusion. He is also known for his signature sweep shot that he plays against fast bowlers to hit 6s over the deep square leg. Suryakumar Yadavs sweep shot.He grew up in a middle-class family in Hathouda village of Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh. Suryakumar Yadavs childhood pictures.Inclined towards cricket from a young age, Suryakumar played gully cricket in the streets of Varanasi in childhood. Later, he started practising cricket at Dr Sampurnanand Sports Stadium, Sigra, Varanasi, where his paternal uncle Vinod Kumar was his coach.When he was 10 years old, Yadav, along with his family, moved to Mumbai, where his father worked as a chief engineer at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). An old picture of Suryakumar Yadav.Also good at badminton, Suryakumar used to play cricket and badminton with his friends in the streets of Chembur in Mumbai.When Yadavs father came to know about Yadavs passion towards cricket and badminton, he asked Suryakumar to choose one sport between the two. After Suryakumar decided to go ahead with cricket, his father enrolled him at a cricket camp in the BARC colony in Chembur.At the camp, he trained under his cricket coach Ashok Kamat, who was also an employee of his fathers department. Kamat once told Yadavs father that Suryakumar would alteast reach the Ranji level.After training at his colonys cricket camp for a few months, Yadav joined the Elf Vengsarkar Academy, where he was also trained by the former international cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar.In an interview, while describing the favourable circumstances that led Surya to make his career in cricket, his father said, It helped that the colony had a ground of its own. Besides, stalwarts such as former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar and batsman Lalchand Rajput had ties with the colony and would often visit..At the age of 12, Yadav began playing age-group cricket. Soon, he began playing club cricket for Parsi Gymkhana Cricket Club in Mumbai.