Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav

Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav has heaped praise on Rahul Dravid, who has been appointed the head coach of India’s white-ball team for the Sri Lanka series.

Suryakumar Yadav Praises Rahul Dravid

Suryakumar, while speaking to the press virtually from Colombo, said he is “very excited” and is looking forward to playing under Dravid’s coaching in Sri Lanka.

India and Sri Lanka will lock horns in three ODIs and three T20Is which begin from July 13. Opener Shikhar Dhawan will lead the bunch of youngsters while pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named his deputy.

While addressing a virtual presser on Tuesday, Suryakumar hailed Dravid’s calm and composed demeanour and expressed his willingness to learn newer things from the former Indian captain.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

“It is a great opportunity for everyone to have a tour amidst this situation (COVID-19 pandemic). It is a great challenge and responsibility for everyone to come out here and express themselves,” said Surya during a virtual press conference.

“Great thing is having Rahul sir around, we have heard a lot about him. This is my first tour with him but I have heard from many players that Rahul sir is very calm and composed when it comes to this role. I am very excited and looking forward to it,” he added.

Suryakumar went off to a phenomenal start in international cricket. He had set the T20 stage on fire after scoring a half-century in the second T20I against England earlier this year. Ahead of the Sri Lankan challenge, the right-hand batsman said he would be starting from level zero.

“I think that was a completely different challenge, for a batter, every time you go in and play a different game, you have to start from scratch. Here also I have to start from zero. That was a different series and this is a different series but the challenge remains the same. I have to go out there and perform in the same way I did. The pressure would be there, if there is no pressure then there is no fun. As I said, it will be a great challenge and I am really looking forward to it,” he said.

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