Mumbai: His patience was checked to the core, but he held his nerve and that paid off as Mumbai's Suryakant Yadav cut, and proved his presence with a splendid knock.
The Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who made his international debut against England recalls his momentous day but a piece of simple advice to self calmed him down.
Nobody to but himself as he said to himself, "Be yourself," and that made a big difference, and came his brisk 57 in his second T20, in Ahmedabad after he did not get to bat in his debut match.
"If you would have seen properly, I was very excited at that time. Also, I was not happy at that time since Rohit (Sharma) had got out, but when I was going to bat, I was running in, so that shows how excited I was," the 30-year-old said in a video posted by Mumbai Indians on their official Twitter handle.
Yadav, who has now played three T20 games, said that he recollected his achievements at the number three spot while coming out of the dug-out.
"When I padded up and came to the dug-out, I was nervous, and it should be that way, if you don't get nervous, how would you perform," he said.
"When I was going inside, everything started running in my mind, what I have done when I bat at three. I got my answer when I said to myself 'don't do anything different, do the same thing, be yourself, that's it'," the stylish right-handed batsman elaborated.
Yadav started that innings with a scoop shot six off English pacer Jofra Archer.
"...people speak about the six, what were you feeling on the first ball after making India debut. It was necessary to be a bit calm and I knew what Archer had been doing in the IPL, how he comes hard at the batters.
"So, at the back of the mind there was a thought that he (Archer) would bowl that particular ball and good that he bowled the same delivery," added Yadav, who now has played 77 first-class games.
In the end, it has been patience that paid off and his self-belief made it happen, as he takes off to England for yet another showdown.