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Suryakumar Yadav reveals how Mahela Jayawardene helped him improve his game

March 12, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav is prepared to make his international debut in the first T20I against England. Ahead of the first T20 game, Suryakumar has disclosed how Mumbai head coach Mahela Jayawardene helped him improve his game. The 30-year-old was in great form in the 2020 edition of the IPL that was held in the UAE. He scored 480 runs in 16 games at a strike rate of 145.01.

The right-handed batsman continued his incredible run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and amassed 332 runs from 5 innings at an average of 66.40. Before this season, Suryakumar Yadav has accumulated tons of runs in the IPL and domestic circuit. Speaking about the complete turnaround in his game, Suryakumar Yadav credited former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene. Yadav disclosed that Jayawardene guided him on how he should approach his innings before and after the Powerplay overs. Yadav also added that the Sri Lankan stalwart wanted him to be smarter and a better cricketer.

I had to cover all the areas and continuously improve: Suryakumar Yadav

Yadav highlighted how Jayawardene told him to pick the gaps when he was batting during the powerplay. He also said that Jayawardene told him to focus on improving his running between the wickets so that his strike rate will also improve. Like a zealous student, Suryakumar Yadav did precisely what he was told and collected the rewards for it. The Mumbai batsman further disclosed that when he started opening, he played all around the ground. Yadav knew that he had to undoubtedly work on his batting as people are always ready to come up with ideas. He signed off by stating that he had to cover all the areas and continuously improve.

The India Cricket Team is now all set to face England in the five-match T20 series, starting from Friday. Virat Kohli and Co. will be high in confidence as they have recently defeated the visitors in the Test series. India has also qualified for the final of the ICC World Test Championship. After the five-match T20 series, a three-match ODI series is going to take place against England. All the three ODI games will take place entirely in Pune behind closed doors as COVID cases in the area have seen a spike in the last few days.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth