Bombay: Anguished beyond words after being forgotten for the Australia tour, Suryakumar Yadav found solace in a cheering chat with Rohit Sharma.
Soon after his conversation with the inspiring captain of the Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar’s mind was suddenly wired for distraction, and his bat ready to talk more.
“This time in the gym, Rohit was sitting next to me and he just looked at me, and I said, ‘obviously I’m a little bit disappointed’, because he could see that I was m ‘Expecting good news,’ Suryakumar told PTI in an interview.
“Later he said, ‘I just thought you were doing a great job for the team right now, and instead of thinking about it (non-selection) you’re just doing the same things you’ve been doing since first day in this area. IPL.
“… ‘and when the time is right, your opportunity will present itself, maybe today or tomorrow, but it will come, you just have to believe in yourself,” Surya recalls.
The non-selection, despite his prolific run in domestic cricket and IPL, extended Suryakumar’s wait for a cap in India.
He said that “those words” from Rohit helped him out of disappointment.
“I felt really good because I knew what I was feeling at the time and even he could see it clearly in my eyes. I think coming out of that was a big boost for me,” he said. -he declares.
The 30-year-old Mumbai drummer admitted selecting the team for the Australian tour was on his mind even though he had tried a few things to distract himself from the thought.
“During this tournament, actually, I was a bit disappointed. I knew the team was going to come out, and the same day I tried to keep busy, just try to avoid having that thought – there is a team selection tonight.
“So I figured I would just focus on my process and my business properly and instead of thinking about the call I’m going to try to keep myself busy, I can go to the gym or maybe hang out with my kids. teammates.
“But yeah, in the back of my mind there was a thought that the team would come out tonight,” he admitted.
And when he saw that his name was not on the list, Suryakumar was injured.
“I sat in a room and started to wonder why my name was not there, but after looking at the team there were a lot of players who also got a lot of points and even they got played regularly, good for India, good for India, in IPL.
“Then I thought instead of thinking about that, I’m just going to try and keep scoring races, do my job, what’s in my hand, what’s in my control, and then wait for the opportunity. , whenever she presents herself, grasp with both hands, “he said.
Suryakumar played a variety of shots in IPL 13, and he revealed that initially he liked to play only on the side of the legs, but then improved his offside play.
“Not only before this IPL, I think since 2018 I’ve been trying to score all over the park. I didn’t want me to be a one-dimensional player.
“I used to like playing on the side of the legs, but later on I thought if you have to play well and score points at this level with so much competition, train hard and take the other side as well.
“Then I started to practice even more, to play offside shots, because I used to like playing Ranji Trophy and four day cricket, you can’t really survive playing on one side. then I started to take advantage of more offside stick like well, built a few shots.
“Slowly I knew that if I continued to follow these routines it would come and at some point I would be happy with the way I beat and it is going now and I am very happy,” he said.
He played a key role in the Mumbai Indians’ record fifth IPL title and the cricketer is pleased with his overall performance.
“I was happy with the way things turned out in the IPL. I scored a few goals before going to IPL, I wanted to tick a few boxes to get more and more runs.
“But when the tournament started, I thought, maybe instead of thinking about scoring more points, I can think of the contributions I can make that can help the team win.
“Those hard-hitting performances and then I started to focus on that, maybe 30 points or 20 points with 10 balls or 50 good ones, play to the end and get those points, which helps the team win. “, he signed.