From the very first ball that Suryakumar Yadav faced in international cricket, the 30-year-old star looked like he belonged at this stage and was worthy of every single ounce of fame that he has received over the years, while playing domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League.
Suryakumar Yadav hits six off the first delivery
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) March 19, 2021
With not a hint of nervousness, SKY sent the ball flying over the boundary rope off a pull before walking to the middle to chat with his batting partner KL Rahul.
Even England paceman Jofra Archer couldn’t help but offer a modest smile after looking at the shot.
Being promoted to play at the number three spot turned out to be a great success for the Mumbai star who rallied alongside Rahul and Kohli, scored an important 57 with six fours and three sixes coming off his bat in just 31 deliveries.
— Samarth Patil (@SamarthDPatil) March 18, 2021
He was having the time of his life, a dream start to his international innings that ended in a hurry based on a questionable call made by the third umpire Virender Sharma to go ahead with the on-field umpire’s soft call out after having inconsequential evidence.
The dismissal led to some of the big stars like Virat Kohli and Stuart Broad talk about the need to bring a change in the rule.
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I don’t know why there can’t an “I don’t know” call for the umpires. You want these things ironed out to keep the game linear. But we want clarity on the field,” Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
However, when Suryakumar himself was asked about his feelings towards the dismissal, he responded with calmness.
“It was a great opportunity for me to bat at number three for India. Yeah, I knew he will come a little short at me, I am really happy with the way things went. Regarding my dismissal, not really disappointed because few things are not in my control. Things that are in my control, I try to control that and things outside that, are not in my hands,” he said in the post-match virtual press conference.
For his modest reply and content nature, fans have been lauding the righty batsman ever since:
Sensible just like his true captain
— ma7ur (@Imma7ur) March 19, 2021
“few things are not in my control so i am really not disappointed” this is great from Sky
— LoPh🐼 (@Kirkutexpaart) March 19, 2021