'The camaraderie has been really good'- Suryakumar Yadav on playing under Rohit Sharma's captaincy

England and India will be locking horns in the third ODI at Manchester on July 17.

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Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav
Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter/Suryakumar Yadav)

India’s limited-overs batting sensation Suryakumar Yadav has heaped praises on skipper Rohit Sharma and explained how the latter has backed him during tough times. Yadav has been playing under Rohit in the IPL since 2018 for Mumbai Indians and both were also two integral members of the franchise’s back-to-back triumphs in the 2019 and 2020 editions.

Speaking about his mindset while batting, the Mumbai cricketer has said that it remains the same even in ODI cricket. Elaborating further on the same, the middle-order batter said that the intent is to always score runs, and even if some wickets are lost in the process, he ensures to keep the scoreboard ticking so that the chase does not lose its momentum in the end.

I’ve learned a lot from Rohit Sharma: Suryakumar Yadav

“The camaraderie has been really good. He’s been watching me and talking to me since I played domestic cricket in Mumbai. Coming into IPL, I still remember in 2018/19, we used to talk a lot about our game, and how I can improve during pressure situations. We had a lot of chat,” Suryakumar said in the pre-match press conference.

“I have really felt him on the ground whenever he is leading. I’ve learned a lot from him. I’m happy that he has shown a lot of confidence in me. I still remember, during the second leg of the 2021 IPL, I wasn’t going through a good patch and he was the one who had a lot of chats with me about it. I was really happy with that, with how things are going. I want to pay back the confidence by winning the game for the team,” he added.

“My mindset remains the same even in ODI cricket. Because as you know that it is very important to play the natural game and in ODI there is an advantage that five fielders are inside the circle. So, your intent is always to make runs. Even if we have lost some wickets, I always try to keep ticking the scoreboard, so that we don’t fall short in the end,” he said further.

Suryakumar Yadav scored a valiant 117 runs off 55 deliveries in the third T20I against England last week as India finished their innings at 198/9, chasing 216. Yadav single-handedly showcased a splendid batting display after the Men in Blue were reduced to 31/3 inside the powerplay.

While the Mumbai cricketer was not needed to bat in the first ODI, he scored 27 in the second game which India lost by 100 runs. The decider will be played at Manchester’s Old Trafford on Sunday, July 17 and the Indian team would be hoping to seal the series and register their first ODI series triumph on English soil after 2014.

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