One of the biggest talking points through the duration of the Indian Premier League 2020 was Mumbai Indians player Suryakumar Yadav and his career trajectory, after being one of the most successful batsmen this season and playing some brilliant domestic cricket before the T20 tournament began.
Yadav, 30, has had some good IPL seasons before but this year, he took his performance to the next level and even helped the squad win some crucial matches in the absence of his skipper Rohit Sharma a couple of times.View this post on Instagram
He even managed to stand his ground against world-class sledger and arguably the most aggressive cricketer in the world, Virat Kohli when the latter tried to get under his skin during a match between MI and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Watching the cricketer perform at such a high level consistently, the fans of the Indian cricket team were looking forward to the Mumbai-athlete to play in national colours in the upcoming tour of Australia.
But SKY was self-admittedly shocked when he didn’t get the call.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Yadav addressed two major takeaways from IPL Season 13 - His banter with Indian captain Virat Kohli and the disappointment of not getting selected in the national team despite having a breakthrough season.
On Rivalry Against Virat Kohli:
In yesterday match, Kohli came to sledge #SuryakumarYadav during the break and surya left like a gentleman, such a shameful act by virat kohli,didn't expect this from a batsman like virat#SuryakumarYadav #MIvsRCB #BCCIpolitics pic.twitter.com/AVjMN8ZNNX— 🆁🆃🅽🅳🅴🅴 🅶🆄🆃 (@rkgupta7257) October 29, 2020
“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.”
On Getting Snubbed Before Australia Tour:
No statements for not selecting.
No celebration after scoring fifty.
He decided to bat do the talking in the middle and scored unbeaten 79 runs from 43 balls including 10 fours & 3 sixes while chasing 164 runs against RCB. Take a bow, Suryakumar - one of the best knock. pic.twitter.com/iocfZ37SGO
“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. 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.”