Talented batsman Suryakumar Yadav has earned praise from his Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma who described him as one of the best players of spin bowling after his match-winning 71 not out against Chennai Super Kings in the first IPL Qualifier here. Suryakumar's 54-ball unbeaten knock on a sub-standard Chepauk track ensured a smooth passage to the final for the Mumbai Indians as they beat the defending champions by six wickets. "He's (Suryakumar) probably is one of our best batsmen against spin. We knew the spin threat CSK possess will be a huge factor. Suryakumar plays spin very well. I have seen him at close quarters. The shots he plays behind the wicket, those are not easy shots. Always knew he was going to come good at some stage," Rohit said after the match on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Suryakumar, who won the Man of the Match award, said he had decided to play most of his shots along the ground after watching how the pitch behaved when CSK batted. "After first innings, I saw what happened, not too many players were able to hit the shots in the air. So I wanted to play down the ground, pick singles and doubles. Had the chat after first innings that someone from the top-order will have to play towards the end because it won't be easy for players coming in later," the former Mumbai Ranji captain said. Published by: Thehansindia .