The Indian middle-order batter, Suryakumar Yadav made a brilliant partnership of 59 runs with skipper, Rohit Sharma as the two helped India chase down the target of 165 runs against New Zealand in the first T20I. India stuttered in the end after Suryakumar’s dismissal in teh 17th over as Lockie Ferguson and captain Tim Southee dried up the runs towards the end. However, Rishabh Pant held his nerves to help the men in blue to chase down 10 runs in the final over of a thriller in Jaipur.
Suryakumar Yadav said he would have loved to stay unbeaten but it will be good learning for him. The India star was castled by Trent Boult in the 17th over following which India huffed and puffed to victory. He said, “I would have loved to finish the game but that’s how you learn and move forward. About Trent, It’s my wife’s birthday also and it’s a perfect gift from him.”
Notably, it was a perfect return to form for Suryakumar Yadav, as he did not get a lot of opportunities at the T20 World Cup. He was able to get only 42 runs in 3 innings at the showpiece event where India witnessed an exit from the Super 12 stage.
Describing the same, Suryakumar Yadav said, “I have not been doing anything different, just being myself whatever I have doing since the last 3-4 years. I bat the same way in the nets and replicate the same in the middle. I try and put a lot of pressure on myself in the nets, for example, if I get out I just try to come out of the nets and try and think what better I could have done and it really helps when I play in the middle.”
Notably, Suryakumar Yadav made full use of the opportunity to bat at No.3 in the absence of former skipper Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the T20I series and the first Test that follows the ongoing series.