Suryakumar Yadav finally got a chance to bat in Indian colors for the very first time in his career and the right-hander ensured that he made it into a memorable debut as he smashed the English bowlers to all corners of the Narendra Modi Stadium during his whirlwind 30-ball 57.
The 30-year-old announced his arrival to the International arena in the most audacious manner that one can ever imagine.
The right-hander got inside the line of the ball against a rampaging Jofra Archer and with his one feet in the air, he proceeded to smoke it over deep fine-leg for a massive six.
Suryakumar Yadav was eventually adjudged the ‘Player of the March’ for his match-winning knock of 57; one that eventually ended in a controversial manner.
After the match, the BCCI uploaded a video where Shardul Thakur asked Suryakumar Yadav about his thought-process behind hitting a bowler like Jofra Archer on the very ball he faced in international cricket.
“We have seen him [Suryakumar Yadav] play out of the box, unorthodox shots in the IPL. Today, as well, we saw him opening his account in international cricket with a six over fine-leg,” Shardul Thakur said in a video posted by the BCCI.
“So tell us a little bit about the shot. How was it developed and how did you get that confidence to play that shot off the first delivery you faced in international cricket that too against a bowler like Jofra Archer,” Shardul asks Suryakumar Yadav.
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) March 18, 2021
Yadav responded by saying that having played Jofra Archer enough in the Indian Premier League (IPL), he knew that the fast bowler will try to keep him on the backfoot.
Surya was already deep in his crease and Archer did exactly what he had imagined, paving way for him to play his favorite pick-up shot, something that he has mastered over the years.
“I have always seen him [ Jofra Archer] whenever a new batsman is up against him in international cricket, he tries to keep the batter on their backfoot. And I have played some matches over the years against him in the IPL so I have an idea about that,” said Suryakumar Yadav.
”This shot [the six over fine leg] is a shot that I have been playing for a long time, since my local cricket days. I have played this shot in local cricket, domestic cricket and now in international cricket,” Suryakumar responded.
Watch the video here-
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 19, 2021