Last Update on: December 14th, 2021 at 11:28 am
Indian middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav who represents Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) talking about his ‘Main Hoon Naa (I am there) celebration after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 game against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has said that he didn’t plan that celebration and everything “happened instinctively”.
Suryakumar Yadav who has been retained by Mumbai Indians (MI) ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction, played a sensational knock for the franchise in the Indian Premier League 2020 game against RCB in Abu Dhabi.
He smashed unbeaten 79 runs and after taking the team over the finish line he made a gesture which suggested “Don’t worry; I am there”.
Meanwhile, speaking with cricket presenter Vikram Sathaye, Suryakumar said that his family says that his knock against RCB was one of his best knocks. He said: “My family says it is one of the best knocks I have played in recent past. During the tournament, everyone was telling me – ‘yes, you are scoring runs; you are contributing in every game, but we want to see you finish a game’.”
He revealed that he expected to get an India call-up for the Australia tour after his consistent performance in IPL and domestic cricket but was disappointed to not see his name on the squad list.
“Almost half the IPL was over before that match (against RCB) happened. I still remember, the Indian team (for the tour of Australia) was going to be announced. I had a good IPL 2019 and 2020 season, and I scored runs in domestic cricket as well.”
“I expected that I would get a call. It was not an arrogant thought like ‘yes, I am going to get a call’. But, back of the mind, there was this hope that the long wait would end,” he maintained.
“When I saw the squad ,and my name was not in it, I was a little disappointed. From my side, I was trying to do everything. I took my wife to the beach for walks, and missed a few practice sessions, as I was thinking about that (not being selected) only.”
Mahela Jayawardene and Zaheer Khan Said That This Was The Perfect Opportunity To Prove Myself As It Was MI vs RCB – Suryakumar Yadav
The 31-year-old further revealed that Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene and Zaheer Khan told him that the game against RCB is his opportunity to prove himself and he agreed but was lost and disappointed.
“One day, Mahela (Jayawardene) and Zak (Zaheer Khan) came up to me, and said that this was the perfect opportunity to prove myself as it was MI vs RCB. I said, ok, but back of the mind, I was lost and disappointed. I didn’t know what was happening even as the trainers and captain were speaking to me,” he further said.
Talking about the RCB game Suryakumar Yadav said that the platform was set to prove his worth and he started off slow but in the end finished off the match for the team and did that famous match-winning celebration.
“We fielded first and were set a tough target of 165. My batting came in the 6th over. I told myself this is the perfect platform to prove my worth. At the first time-out, my thought was that if I can remain not out, and take the team to victory, all the boxes will be ticked properly.
“I started slowly, but then, gradually, I started taking on (Yuzvendra) Chahal and Dale Steyn. After the game, when I won the match for the team, I glanced at the dressing room and where my family was sitting. It all happened instinctively. I had not planned anything. Everything happened according to what was happening over there,” he elaborated.
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