One of the major talking points regarding Indian cricket in recent times has been the rise of Suryakumar Yadav. After exhibiting tremendous form and scoring tons of runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Suryakumar forced his way into the Indian national team.

Notably, Surya has so far scored 294 runs in the 50-over format in eight innings at an impressive average of 49. Similarly, in the T20 Internationals (T20Is), he recently went past the tally of 500 runs with a scintillating century in the final T20 game against England.

The Pune-born batter, who has now established himself as an important member of Team India in the middle order, credited skipper Rohit Sharma for his growth as a cricketer.

Surya revealed how Rohit helped him gain confidence and improve his game, especially with respect to handling the pressure. The right-handed batter, who represents Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL, spoke about the 2021 season of the cash-rich league where Rohit supported him while he was struggling with the form.

“He’s been watching me and talking about my cricket since I played domestic cricket. Coming into IPL in 2018-19, we used to talk a lot about my game, how I can improve, handle pressure situations and move forward and take the game ahead. We have had a lot of chat about my game, and I have literally felt him on the ground whenever he’s leading. I have learnt a lot from him. I’m really happy he has shown a lot of confidence in me,” said Suryakumar in a presser.

“I still remember during the 2021 IPL second leg, I was not going through a good patch, and he was the one who had a lot of chat with me (and supported me). The way things are going, I would like to pay back that confidence by scoring runs and winning the game for the team,” he added.


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