The fiery Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav has no issues performing the role of batting at number five and he is flexible enough to bat at any position for Team India in ODIs. Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, Team India will be looking to seal the series when they take on West Indies in the second ODI on Wednesday at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The Indian team registered a comfortable six-wicket win in the first ODI and the Men in Blue did not have to break a sweat.
During a virtual press conference, Suryakumar Yadav said, “I am really flexible, wherever the team management wants me to bat, I am really flexible to bat at any position. Yes, I have batted at No.3, 4, and 5, really happy with the way things are going right now. Back home, I do a lot of net sessions. The motivation comes automatically. Definitely, whenever there is a chance, I will bowl also. Whenever they feel they can use me, I am always available.”
Talking about the batting approach in ODIs, Suryakumar Yadav said: “I think we have kept things really simple, we are going to bat in the same way we did in the first ODI. When we bat first, we have to go all the way and try and post a defendable score. The way we batted in the last game was perfect, the tempo and intensity were nice. There is nothing to change.”
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are available for selection for the second ODI and with Rahul expected to be the deputy skipper, he will be expected open alongside skipper Rohit Sharma. Meanwhile, he recently opened up on the frequent comparisons with the legendary Australian finisher Michael Bevan for his ability to finish games for his side, whether it be Mumbai Indians or the IPL team.
When asked about the duo, Suryakumar Yadav said: “They were seen in training, they coming back makes our unit stronger and at the end of the day, it is the call of the team management on who is going to play and who isn’t.” Talking about the comparisons with Bevan, Suryakumar said, “Even if I bat first, I will do the same things, I will try to express (myself) and be fearless as I always am.”
When asked whether he would play the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai if not selected for Tests against Sri Lanka, Suryakumar Yadav said: “Obviously, I have always loved playing red-ball cricket because that is where it all started for me. Whenever I am free and available, I have always played red-ball cricket. I am looking forward to playing Tests for India.”