The Indian Men’s team suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Australia in the first T20I. But in this defeat, one of the top performers was Mumbai-born batter Suryakumar Yadav who scored a crucial 46 in 25 balls. SKY continued this free-willing batting style in the press conference before the second T20I as he made a witty reply to one of the questions about his role.
A journalist asked the Mumbai Indians batter whether he has been allotted a specific role which entails attacking the opposition’s spin attack similar to something he has been doing so successfully in the IPL over the past few seasons.
"Sir, do chakke toh fast bowler ke against bhi maare toh thoda credit banta hai, kya bolte ho? ("I have hit two sixes against fast bowlers also, so I should get a little credit for that, what say?)" he said with a laugh as added that he is comfortable playing in any position. "I'm very flexible, no particular role. Actually, I plan for every situation. I am flexible to bat in anywhere, whichever number I'm asked to bat, I know I just have to do my role and I am happy to do it."
Then in the press conference, Yadav was questioned if Harshal's variations are becoming predictable as he conceded 49 runs in his four overs. To this Suryakumar said, "He is very deceptive. I don't bat in net sessions much, but as much as I have played him and also Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar) bhai is also difficult to decipher… But Harshal's slower balls and his different variations are really deceptive and he has just come from an injury, so this much benefit of the doubt should be allowed."
SKY then opened up about the team’s aggressive approach. The 30-year-old talked about how each player is given his role and hence the players may seem to take such an attitude. "Assessing the pitch is very important. Everyone is playing their role, they know their responsibility, and what they have to do in different situations,” he said.
“The openers know their role really well and then it comes down to middle order how we need to set up the game of what they have to do so, and it was set up well by the finishers, everything is going on really well and we will look to do it again and again," he added.