'Important to put pressure on yourself during practice': Suryakumar on his T20I success

With his beautiful wristy shots, Suryakumar Yadav made the opposition team feel like he isn't from the same planet while treating every bowler with disdain.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, January 08, 2023, 12:46 AM IST
article-image

After scoring a match and series-winning century in the third T20I, Suryakumar Yadav on Saturday revealed his success mantra in the shortest format of the game, saying that it's important to put pressure on yourself during the practice session which makes batting a bit easy during the game time.

Suryakumar's blistering unbeaten century (112 not out off 51 balls) and a collective dominating performance by bowlers powered India to an impressive 2-1 series win over Sri Lanka with a convincing 91 run-victory in the third and final T20I at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.


With his beautiful wristy shots, the right-hander made the opposition team feel like he isn't from the same planet, treating every bowler with disdain. However, it's not easy and a lot of hard work goes on in the preparation for a game, according to the star cricketer.

"It's really important to put pressure on yourself when you are preparing for a game. If you do that in practice, it gets a little easier while playing the game. There is a lot of hard work involved but it's about doing quality practice sessions. You should know what your game is and prepare accordingly," said Suryakumar in the post-match presentation.

Right shot selection

"Boundaries behind are like 50-60 meters, so I was targeting them. There are some shots that are pre-determined but you need to have other shots too so that if the bowler changes his plan, you can have an answer," he said.

Team reaction

Asked about the head coach Rahul Dravid's advice for him, Suryakumar said," He (Dravid) just lets me enjoy and tells me to express myself.

Skipper Hardik Pandya also praised Surya, saying that the batter has been surprising everyone with his every innings.

"I think he (SKY) has been surprising everyone every innings that he is batting. He is just telling us that batting is so easy. If I were bowling to him, I'd be disheartened on seeing his batting," said Pandya.

"You don't need to tell him anything, he knows what to do. If there is any situation where he is unsure, we have our chats but more often than not, he knows what to do," he added.

(If you have a story in and around Mumbai, you have our ears, be a citizen journalist and send us your story here. )

(To receive our E-paper on WhatsApp daily, please click here.  To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

John Wright dismisses Ian Healy's comments on unfair pitches for Border Gavaskar Test series:...

John Wright dismisses Ian Healy's comments on unfair pitches for Border Gavaskar Test series:...

Women's Premier League 2023: It's Mukesh Ambani vs Gautam Adani in opening encounter on March 4 in...

Women's Premier League 2023: It's Mukesh Ambani vs Gautam Adani in opening encounter on March 4 in...

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar announces settlement of doping case over unknowingly taking banned substance:...

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar announces settlement of doping case over unknowingly taking banned substance:...

R Ashwin plays down Steve Smith's comment on relevance of tour games: 'Even India avoids...'

R Ashwin plays down Steve Smith's comment on relevance of tour games: 'Even India avoids...'

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo finally nets his first goal for Al-Nassr in Saudi league

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo finally nets his first goal for Al-Nassr in Saudi league