Former India pacer and current director of cricket operations for Mumbai Indians (MI) Zaheer Khan lauded Suryakumar Yadav for the way he managed himself when he was not getting the Indian team call-up, despite doing well in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the past 2-3 seasons.
Suryakumar Yadav made his long-awaited India debut in the five-match T20I series against England and made a half-century in his first outing for the Men in Blue. He impressed one and all with his batting and also his fielding. This led to him being added to the ODI squad as well, but he didn’t get to play a match in the three-match ODI series.
With Suryakumar Yadav, What Stands Out Is His Consistency In Last Three Ipls, And Domestic Circuit: Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan, MI’s director of cricket operations, praised the way Suryakumar Yadav handled himself in midst of all the talks of his long-awaited Team India call-up.
“With Surya, what stands out is his consistency in the last three IPLs, and domestic circuit as well. He is someone who thoroughly deserved this chance and he has worked very hard, and at times you have to be patient, at times opportunity doesn’t come even when you are performing,” Zaheer said during an interaction “Twitter Space With Zak” organized by the Mumbai Indians.
Suryakumar Yadav made 57 and 32 in the three T20Is he played and has a strike-rate of 184.51. He started his India career by hitting the first ball he faced for a huge six.
“That’s something that was happening with Surya and he managed himself very well…And people around him also have been telling him that you have to be patient and just keep doing what you have been doing and it showed in his approach when he started. It was like a dream coming true and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands and showed how determined he was to make it to that level, and win matches for India,” Zaheer added.
Suryakumar Yadav, along with Krunal and Hardik Pandya has joined the Mumbai Indians bio-bubble and since they are coming from the Indian team bubble, they won’t be needed to quarantine in the hotel.