Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav is eager to learn from Indian captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma when they all get together for the upcoming five-match T20I series against England.
The five matches will be played on March 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20 and will be hosted by the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. The two teams will then battle in three ODIs, which all be played at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
This is the first time Suryakumar Yadav has earned the Indian team T20I call-up despite superlative performances for Mumbai in domestic cricket and for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL over the last few years. He also played for Kolkata Knight Riders and won the IPL with them in 2014. Wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan and all-rounder Rahul Tewatia are the other two uncapped players to receive their maiden India call-ups.
I Think The Opportunity For Me Has Come At The Right Time: Suryakumar Yadav
Speaking on the opportunity to share the dressing room with one of the best batsmen in the world, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar said that he was looking forward to the opportunity and wanted to learn as much as possible from the Indian captain. Yadav revealed he has already started dreaming about being in the India squad.
“I have already started thinking about how I am going to spend time with all the greats over there. I will get to learn so much from our captain Virat Kohli and then there is Rohit Sharma, everyone, A to Z all the players. I am really looking forward to spending quality time, grasp as much as I can,” Suryakumar Yadav told Sports Today.
The 30-year-old has always been on the cusp of an India call-up and after helping Mumbai Indians win their record 5th IPL title in 2020 in UAE, it was expected that his time will come. But not only Suryakumar, but even many cricket fans were left stunned when he was overlooked for India’s T20I series against Australia on their tour down under.
Dream About Winning Games For India: Suryakumar Yadav
He stated there were a few instances during IPL 2020 which got him imagining replicating his MI heroics in an India shirt. The MI No. 3 smashed 480 runs at an average of 40 in 16 innings with four half-centuries to boot.
“There were a few instances during the IPL where I used to dream about winning games for India and I think the opportunity for me has come at the right time. It’s on me how I take it and how I make full use of it,” Suryakumar Yadav stated.