The prime goal for any budding cricketer is one day don the national colors and represent their country at the highest level. But in a cricket-tragic nation like India, where are a plethora of contenders vying for one elusive spot, one has to endure a plethora of roadblocks before he eventually earns his rightful spot. But between those roadblocks and the eventual success, one has to tread on a path of persistence and patience. Just ask Suryakumar Yadav.
Suryakumar Yadav has been knocking on the doors of Indian cricket courtesy of consistent performances in not only the Indian Premier League but also across all formats in domestic cricket, and so when the Indian cricket team for the upcoming tour of Australia was about to be announced, Yadav, who was in the midst of a great IPL campaign, had high expectations.
And, when he didn’t find his name in the touring part, Surya was understandably disappointed.
“During this tournament actually I was a bit disappointed. I knew the team was going to come out, and the same day I tried myself to keep busy, just try and avoid getting that thought — there is a squad selection tonight,” Suryakumar Yadav told PTI.
“So I thought I’ll just focus on my process and my things properly and instead of thinking about the call-up, I will try and keep myself busy, I can go to the gym or maybe spend time with my teammates. But yes, at the back of the mind, there was a thought that the team is coming out tonight,” he admitted.
After the latest snub, Suryakumar Yadav sat in his room pondering about the non-selection before he realized that the players who have got the nod ahead of him, have also performed well, and instead of overthinking about the lack of opportunity, he should concentrate on the controllable- scoring runs for the Mumbai Indians.
“I sat in a room and started thinking, why my name is not there, but after looking at the squad there were a lot of players who got a lot of runs as well and even they have been playing consistently, doing well for India, doing well in IPL,” he said.
“Then I thought instead of thinking about that, I’ll just try and keep scoring runs, do my job, what’s in my hand, what’s in my control, and then wait for the opportunity, whenever it comes, grab with both hands,” he added.
Suryakumar Yadav on his conversation with Rohit Sharma post his snub from the national team
And, a conversation with his skipper, Rohit Sharma, who urged him to follow the process without worrying about the end result, proved to be the clincher for Suryakumar Yadav as he steadfast his resolve to concentrate on performing and winning games for the Mumbai Indians.
“That time in the gym Rohit was sitting beside me and he just looked at me, and I said, ‘obviously, I am a bit disappointed’, because he could see that I was expecting some good news,” Suryakumar Yadav revealed.
“Later on he was like ‘I just believed you have been doing a great job for the team right now, and instead of thinking about that (non-selection), you just do the same things what you have been since day one in this IPL….’ and when the time is right, your opportunity will come, maybe today or tomorrow but it will come, you just got to believe in yourself’,” he added.
“I really felt good because I knew how I was feeling at that time and even he could see it in my eyes clearly. I think to come out of that was a big boost for me,” he said.
Suryakumar Yadav did exactly that as he chipped in with some crucial match-winning knocks, eventually ending with 480 runs in 16 games.