Suryakumar Yadav of Mumbai Indians was disappointed at being ignored for T20Is in Australian tour as the likes of Manish Pandey, and Shreyas Iyer were preferred instead.
He became the first uncapped player to get to 2000 runs in IPL. He had an excellent season with the bat, and he was expected to make it to India squad for Australia tour for the first time. But unfortunately, that did not happen.
Suryakumar Yadav Was Expecting To Be Selected But Was Disappointed When He Saw His Name Missing
In a chat with Hindustan Times, Suryakumar Yadav talks about the disappointment of not being picked for the side although he had a good season for IPL 2020 winners Mumbai Indians.
“It was a good season for me. Ahead of the season, I had set some goals and I am happy that I could contribute for the team. I wanted to deliver when (the) chips were down and fortunately everything panned out well.
“During the preparations, we as a team made a slogan, “creating history”, and wanted to win the title in 2020 which is an even year. Mumbai Indians have never won in an even-numbered year. So, I have to say IPL 13 gave us reasons to be the happiest,” Suryakumar Yadav said.
“Frankly, I was expecting to be selected this time. I was a bit disappointed when I found my name missing. I couldn’t even train that day and it was difficult to take my mind off from that dejection. Even Rohit (Sharma) asked me if I was disappointed and I told him I was. But never mind. I will wait for my chances,” he said.
Suryakumar Yadav scored 480 runs in 16 games averaging 40 in IPL 2020 as it was the third successive season where he scored above 400 runs. He had scored 512 runs in 2018 and 424 runs in 2019. Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians captained asked him whether he was disappointed and he said that he would wait for his chances.
Suryakumar Yadav: Selection Not In Hand And Hope To Do Well In IPL 2021
Suryakumar Yadav is of 30 years of age and says he still have a lot of time to show his cricketing abilities and make his case stronger for India call-up by scoring runs consistently in domestic games and IPL 2021 to catch the attention of selectors as the selection is not in his hand. Sachin Tendulkar also asked him to score runs and do well to be in the reckoning for T20I World Cup in 2021.
“There is a lot of time to show my cricket abilities and make my case stronger for a national call-up. I hope I can score big in domestic games and then do well in the next IPL to catch the attention of the selectors.
“The selection is not in my hand. So, I don’t think much….Even Sachin Tendulkar “paaji” sent me a message asking me to continue scoring runs and I would like to use the chances and do well… I will try my best to be in contention for the World T20 team,” he added.
He also spoke about his on-field banter with skipper Virat Kohli.
“It was all very instinctive. Virat Kohli is a huge cricketing figure and he plays the game very aggressively. It was an important game for both teams and whatever happened, it did during the game.
After the game, we laughed about it and he congratulated me on my batting. Virat’s brand of cricket is top class and the way he dominates world cricket is just amazing. I too look up to him. In the end it was great to win the game,” Suryakumar added further.
Suryakumar Yadav averages above 40 in first class and 35 in List A matches. He has 14 first-class and 2 List A tons.