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The squashbuckling middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav was India’s guiding light against New Zealand in the second T20I of the series at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval. When all the other Indian batters were struggling to time the ball, Yadav proved his class all over again. After finishing as the third-highest run-scorer in the T20 World Cup in Australia, the 32-year-old now stamped his authority in New Zealand with his second ton in T20I cricket.
Hitting bowlers all across the park, Yadav, with a phenomenal strike rate of 217.65, scored 111 runs off just 51 deliveries. His ton helped India put 191 runs on board, which eventually helped the Men in Blue with the match by 65 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the T20I series.
Now, even though Suryakumar Yadav’s future in white-ball cricket is more or less sorted, his Test future is still to take up the ladder. He was called up a couple of times in the past but never earned the Test cap, which he eagerly waits for. However, the flamboyant batter remains confident and believes that the day is just around the corner.
“Aa raha hain, woh (Test selection) bhi aa raha hain (coming, that is also coming),” Yadav said while talking to press after the second T20I.
“When we start playing cricket we start with red ball and I have also played first-class cricket for my Mumbai team… it was quite okay, so I have a fair idea about the Test format and I enjoy playing that format also. Hopefully, I will get the Test cap soon,” the cricketer added.
There was a bit of frustration that time: SKY opens up about his selection in Indian cricket
Despite performing on a consistent basis in white-ball cricket in past, Suryakumar Yadav was neglected time and again by the selection panel. However, he eventually earned his maiden cap and since then, the Mumbai-born batter didn’t look back. He currently is the number one ranked T20I batter and is slowly and steadily becoming the poster boy of Indian cricket. However, on Sunday, November 20, he opened up about his past and mentioned how frustrating it was not to get enough opportunities in the national team.
“I always keep going back to my past. When I am in the room, or travelling with my wife, we keep talking how the situation was two-three years ago. What is the situation now, what has changed now from then, we keep discussing that time. Obviously, there was a bit of frustration that time but we always tried to see if there was something positive I could take out of that phase. How could I become a better cricketer, how to go one step ahead,” the 32-year-old said.