Indian batting superstar, Suryakumar Yadav recalled his struggling days after being sidelined from national selection for several years.
Suryakumar Yadav got his due a little late but he made the most of it. This year, Surya is the most successful Indian batter. Moreover, he scored over 1,000 T20 runs. Surya rose to fame after a prolific stint with the Mumbai Indians in IPL. His consistent performance got him a place on the national team. Suryakumar Yadav has never looked back since.
However, Surya struggled for several years before he became a household name in India. Surya was overlooked despite consistent match-winning performances in both the domestic circuit and the IPL.In a recent interview, he revealed his mindset during those days and also disclosed how he coped with the pressure.
“I won’t say I got irritated,” Suryakumar Yadav on repeated snub from the Indian cricket team
Suryakumar Yadav, in an interview with PTI, said that he did not get irritated or angry after facing consecutive rejections. Instead, he decided to elevate his game even further and make sure that he enjoyed the game as well. Surya believes that at the end of the day, you need to enjoy the process and keep the belief that you would break it into the team someday.
“I won’t say I got irritated but I would always think how I could be different to move to the next level. So hard work continued and you need to enjoy the game also. That’s why you started playing cricket. Whether it’s a simple training session or even the food that was healthy but I didn’t enjoy earlier, I started to savour it. I knew that if I stop thinking about outcomes and just focus on process, I would someday break the door”
Suryakumar Yadav further added that grinding on the Indian domestic circuit is extremely crucial for young players. It helps you learn a lot and makes you fit and ready for the international level.
“Grinding it out at first-class level, you learn a lot of tricks of the trade. So when you graduate to international level and play different bowlers, all you need to do is express yourself. But let me tell you this. If you have gone through domestic grind in India, you are ready for international cricket and when you start that level, you are not carrying any baggage. Just execute what you did at the domestic level”
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