‘Still feels like a dream’: Suryakumar Yadav on becoming India’s new T20I vice-captain | Cricket News

MUMBAI: Life just keeps getting better for Suryakuamr Yadav. An unreal year for him, which saw him score 1,164 points at 46.56 in 31 T20Is, ended on a perfect note for him when on December 27, he was named vice-captain of the Indian team. T20I for the home series against Sri Lanka, which kicks off on January 3 at Wankhede Stadium here.
“It was not planned (vice-captain), but the way last year has been for me, I can say it’s like a reward for me. I feel very good about it and I’m really looking forward to it,” Surya said after scoring 95 for Mumbai against Saurashtra on the second day of the Ranji Trophy game at MCA home ground at BKC.
It was his father Ashok Kumar Yadav who broke the good news to “Sky” on Tuesday night that he had been “promoted” to India’s T20I configuration. “My dad passed on to me (the team), because he’s always on social media. Then we talked. He also sent me a little message: ‘Don’t take pressure and enjoy your stick .”
Of course, it took some time for the news to break.
“I closed my eyes and thought, ‘Is this a dream?'” Surya revealed. Indeed, the last two years – since making his debut against England in Ahmedabad on March 14, 2021 – he has broken 1,408 runs in 42 T20I @ 44.00 at an unreal strike rate of 180.97, with 12 fifty-one 2 cents – has been like a “walk in the clouds” for the Mumbaikar, which beats like a “free bird” as former Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni once called it. If the 32-year-old can’t stop smiling and pinching himself, you can’t blame him!


SKY moments: how Suryakumar Yadav dominated the T20Is in 2022

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“Of course, it still feels like a dream. My years of hard work (paid off). The seeds that I have sown, this tree has finally grown, and I savor its fruits. So, I’m really happy with the way things are going. I want to make sure this patch keeps getting longer. The more I am in this space, the better,” he beamed.
Does the additional “work profile” bring him more pressure? Like most stroke players, Surya doesn’t place much importance on the “P” word.
“Since playing cricket for India, there have always been responsibilities and pressure on me. But at the same time, I said I was just enjoying my game in the middle. I don’t carry any baggage “I don’t think too much. I only think about the hotel and in the net. As far as the game is concerned, I’m just looking to enjoy my game and express myself,” Surya said.
Having played many times with Hardik Pandya for India and Mumbai Indians before that, he enjoys a great equation with the all-rounder. Will he also seek to help him in decision-making? “Absolutely. Our complicity has always been very good. We have played a lot together for India and MI. Our batting numbers are also one after another. We have beaten a lot together. We complement each other. He has been a fantastic leader, as you saw in the IPL, and recently when he captained India. So I really like playing under his captain,” he complimented.


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