Since the 2018 IPL season with the Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar Yadav has shown signs of rapid improvement and great value to the foremost successful franchise. With 512 runs that season, followed by 424 in 2019 and 480 in 2020, the conversation around the Mumbai batsman shifted to the prospects of him doing an equivalent in India colors.
It took until the fourth T20I within the five-match series against England earlier this year for him to urge an opportunity to bat, but as is he won’t, a moment impact was made. His 31-ball 57, with six fours and three sixes, bore an uncanny resemblance to what he regularly achieved for his IPL franchise. He did it again just two days later with a 17-ball 32 within the fifth T20I. before potentially six white-ball matches in Sri Lanka, Suryakumar vows to ‘stay the same’ and luxuriate in his aggressive role regardless of where he bats.
“I think I even have been doing an equivalent thing that I even have been doing for my franchise back within the IPL,” Suryakumar Yadav said on Tuesday. “Even in my debut series (against England), I didn’t do anything different. I even have been enjoying that (attacking) role rather well in whatever position they tell me to bat. I will be able to stay an equivalent. I will be able to just leave there and express myself like I always do. I enjoy doing that.”
Suryakumar, who arrived in Sri Lanka on the rear of these two notable outings in India colors, however, aims to start from scratch in what he expects is going to be a ‘different challenge’.
“I think that was a different challenge. Like for a batter, whenever you enter or play a special game, you begin from scratch. So this also I’ve to start from zero. this is often a special series, but the challenge remains an equivalent – I’ve to travel out and perform an equivalent way I did. So the pressure is going to be there because if there is no pressure, there is no fun. It’ll be an excellent challenge and that I am looking forward thereto .”
BCCI’s decision to possess two India squads playing simultaneously – with the opposite in England for a five-match Test series, earned the ire of Arjuna Ranatunga. Though the previous Sri Lanka captain accused SLC of agreeing to play against India’s second-string side, those thoughts and discussions haven’t made their way into the room brimming with quite a few first-timers.
“Not really [thinking about it],” Suryakumar said. “Everyone is focused. The way the practice sessions are going, the way the sport went yesterday, it’s going completely fine and we’re excited about the challenge. We’re not brooding about that. We’re just here to possess some fun, enjoy this series completely and take tons of positives from here.”
The three-match ODI series begins on July 13, with subsequent two fixtures of July 16 and 18. The T20Is will follow soon, on July 21, 23, and 25. All six games are going to be played at Colombo’s R Premadasa stadium.