Suryakumar Yadav just can’t wait to join the Indian squad next month for the T20I series against England after getting his maiden international call-up last week.
Suryakumar has had to wait in the wings for a long time and was finally rewarded for his patience when the national selectors picked him in the T20I squad after his stellar performance in the Indian Premier League last year.
Surya had amassed 480 runs in IPL 2020 in Mumbai Indians’ victorious campaign but was still not ignored for the Australia tour. His disappointment was evident while cricket pundits were also puzzled as to why he was being overlooked despite his purple patch with the bat.
But good things come to those who wait which Surya did and has finally got the chance to shine at the international stage.
“I have already started thinking about how I am going to spend time with all the greats over there.
“I will get to learn so much from our captain Virat Kohli and then there is Rohit Sharma, everyone, A-Z all the players. I am really looking forward to spend quality time, grasp as much as I can,” Suryakumar told Sports Today.
Surya is one of three debutants in the squad along with his MI teammate Ishan Kishan and Haryana all-rounder Rahul Tewatia. All three were among the best of the players in the IPL last season.
“There were a few instances during the IPL where I used to dream about winning games for India and I think the opportunity for me has come at the right time. It’s on me how I take it and how I make full use of it.
“Not thinking about too much, I would say, I would go one step at a time, take one game at a time. I have a few plan. Obviously, I would love to go ahead and explore in this series,” Surya said.
India and England will play a series of 5 T20 internationals in Ahmedabad from March 12. All the matches will be played at the newly-built Sardar Patel Cricket stadium in Motera.