“My ODI fate is in my own hands”, Surya Kumar Yadav hopes to repay Indian management’s trust

Surya Kumar Yadav

When India squared off against West Indies for the 3rd T20I of the 5-match T20 series, Surya Kumar Yadav stepped up for the ocassion. Having been 2-0 down, team India were in a do-or-die situation and Captain Hardik Pandya will be happy to get back to winning ways.

It was the hosts’ decision of Batting first at the Providence Stadium here in Guyana and they posted 160 as the target, 10 runs more to what they chased in the 2nd T20 – 150. The West Indies top 4 – Brandon King (42), Kyle Mayers (25), Johnson Charles (12), Nicholas Pooran (20) and Captain Rovman Powell (40) played out crucial knocks.

In the 2nd innings, it was all upto West Indies’ bowling attack to restrict India from get going. And they even did the initial job pretty well by sending debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal for 1 and Shubman Gill for just 6.

It would have been over for the visitors but Surya Kumar Yadav decided to stick and fight with dark clouds above his head. The 32-year-old only had 22 runs to show from the previous T20s and he needed to deliver -either conventionally or unconventionally.

He sent his first ball to the fence and toppled the boundary rope in the following delivery. Surya showed his intent right from the start, played his trademark shots and scored a 23-ball Fifty. He stood for a decisive partnership of 87 along with the explosvie Tilak Varma before Alzarri Joseph got his wicket.

SKY departed for a MOTM winning 83 off 44 including 10 Fours and 4 Sixes while Varma and Hardik Pandya guided India home. Following his brillian knock, Surya Kumar Yadav reflected on his poor ODI form and numbers to the media and stated that its no shame to admit it.

“If i am honest with myself, then i know my ODI numbers are absolutely terrible and there is no shame in saying this because everyone knows. Rohit and Rahul sir have told me that ODI is a format you don’t regularly play, so you need practice.” – Surya said. 

“After sometime if you bat during the final 15-18 overs, think of how you can contribute for the team as we just want you to go in and play 45-50 balls. This is what the management has said to me. So now my ODI fate remains in my own hands and i will try to convert that responsibility into opportunity.” – Surya Kumar Yadav concluded.