Suryakumar Yadav who has been the go-to batter for the Mumbai Indians franchise for years finally made his debut for Team India in 2021. Ever since then there has been no looking back. Suryakumar Yadav is a walking example of when you get the opportunity, you should grab it with both hands. India was in a search of an explosive yet responsible middle-order batsman and Yadav was the perfect fit.

The right-handed batter spoke candidly about that period and the adjustments he made to his approach that benefited him in an interview with ESPNCricinfo. Suryakumar Yadav claims that in order to achieve his highly-anticipated breakthrough, he moved from hard work to smart work and made adjustments to specific parts of his game. In order to become more efficient, he made the decision to alter his preparation, start dieting, and bat harder to the off-side.

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“After 2018, there was a lot of quality in my training”, Suryakumar Yadav

World number 3 T20I batsman Suryakumar Yadav

“I started training in a different way. After 2018 I realized what I needed to work on in my game. I started batting more towards the off side. I started dieting. Did a few things which really helped me in the 2018 domestic season and 2019. And going forward, in 2020 my body was completely different,” Kumar said. After switching to “quality” practice, Surya claimed that he became increasingly steady.

He further added, “Before that, I was just practising, practising, getting a little frustrated sometimes. And I felt there was no quality in that—there was a lot of quantity. But after 2018, there was a lot of quality in my training, diet, net sessions and everything, which helped me really well. And then it was a complete build-up, with runs coming in all formats, in the IPL as well. So, consistency came with that, and finally, I broke the door.”

Suryakumar Yadav, however, is yet to perform in the big games for India. He has been part of 2 multinational tournaments but there has not been one memorable performance. India will take on the Netherlands on Thursday and a win in that game will put India’s one foot in the semi-finals. Kumar will play a crucial role going ahead in the tournament. Team India aims to lift their first T20 World Cup trophy after winning the inaugural season and will want the team to deliver the best performance they can.

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