Suryakumar Yadav has had a dream debut for India in the recently-concluded series against England.
However, his Mumbai Indians mentor as well as one of the most celebrated former Indian pace bowlers, Zaheer Khan has applauded him. He said that he feels Yadav’s instant success in international cricket came because of his great attitude as well.
It is also noteworthy that, he had a successful Indian Premier League season for Mumbai Indians last year in the UAE. And, everyone was hoping to see Suryakumar Yadav in the India squad for the Australia tour but he couldn’t make it to the cut. But he didn’t lose hope and played well in the domestic tournament too.
And, then on the back of some stunning knocks, he earned his maiden call-up and grabbed his opportunity with both hands in the T20 International series against England as well.
“With Surya, what stands out is his consistency in last three IPLs, and domestic circuit as well. He is someone who thoroughly deserved this chance and he has worked very hard, and at times you have to be patient, at times opportunity doesn’t come even when you are performing,” Zaheer Khan said during an interaction – “Twitter Space With Zak” organised by the Mumbai Indians.
“He is someone who thoroughly deserved this chance” – Zaheer Khan on Suryakumar Yadav
“That’s something that was happening with Surya and he managed himself very well…And people around him also have been telling him that you have to be patient and just keep doing what you have been doing and it showed in his approach when he started. “It was like a dream coming true and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands, and showed how determined he was to make it to that level, and win matches for India,” he again shared
However, not only Suryakumar Yadav but his Mumbai Indians teammates Ishan Kishan also made his T20I debut for India along with the spin bowling all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who made his ODI debut against England. Even before too Mumbai Indians gave a lot of quality players like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and a few as well who have been doing well for India.
“It’s a proud feeling that your players are representing India at the highest level, doing so well. All the players that we (MI) have, all of them have contributed and Surya has been waiting for his opportunity for the longest time. Ishan and Krunal who made his ODI debut having played a great Vijay Hazare tournament,” the former left arm speedster said. “…he (Surya) got his reward for all the hard work and all these players exciting talents. as cricketers, you always want to play at the highest level, in some way or the other, IPL has been that platform. Our team has been happy to provide that platform for players to take advantage,” he concluded.
The 14th edition of IPL will begin next month.