New Delhi: Suryakumar Yadav has been named the vice-captain of the men’s cricket team for the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka. He will be the deputy to Hardik Pandya while Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are rested. Talking to Express Sports, Surya opened up about getting this responsibility and also missing a century in the Ranji Trophy game against Saurashtra.
Just after the stumps on day 2, SKY had a small chat with the media where he talked about getting the vice-captaincy of the national side. He said that he did not expect it but it came as a reward for his performance last year. He told that his father broke the news to him and shared the squad for the home series against Sri Lanka. He added that his father has a habit to keep a tab on things on social media. Surya said that his father sent him a message saying ‘Don’t take the pressure and enjoy your batting.’
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Talking about the feeling of being the vice-captain, the batter said that he closed his eyes and felt good. Talking about responsibility, he said that there has always been a responsibility on his shoulders but enjoys the game. He added that he does the thinking work in the nets and hotel, and during the game, he tries to enjoy the game.
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Suryakumar scored a 95 against Saurashtra and took his team to a total of 230. On missing his century, he said that he was a bit disappointed but he was not thinking of a milestone. Seeing the tough batting wicket, he said that the team planned to take a small lead and take wickets on the fourth day. He also said that he has grown up playing on these grounds.
In the game, Saurashtra posted 289 on the scoreboard after captain Arpit Vasavad scored 75 runs and Sheldon Jackson contributed 47 as Sham Mulani picked up four wickets in the first inning. While Surya scored 95 off 107, hitting 14 fours and a six, Sarfaraz Khan scored 75 to take Mumbai’s total beyond 200. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Yuvrajsinh Dodiya picked four wickets each.