Indian T20 vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav downplayed the controversy over the Ekana Stadium pitch on Tuesday, saying the wicket doesn’t matter much and that they are “fine” with any type of surface. Indian skipper Hardik Pandya had called the Ekana field a “shocker” after a thrilling 100-run chase, which was achieved in the penultimate episode of the match. The trustee was blamed for the fiasco and was fired.
“We (Hardik and I) had a conversation later, and it was like whatever we get in the future, we agree to it. It’s totally fine,” Surya said on the eve of the series decider in Motera.
“It doesn’t matter what ground you play on. These are the things you can’t control. We did what we had under control, we had to adapt, apply to that ground and move on with the situation. But it was a exiting game.
“Any game, ODI or T20I, low or high scoring, if there is competition in play I don’t think wickets matter much. You go out, have a challenge, accept it and move on,” added Surya . .
In tricky conditions, New Zealand had reduced India to 83/7 and the hosts needed 17 runs from the last two overs, with Surya and Hardik in the middle.
The pair cut the equation to six runs from the last over.
“Actually, we’ve been fighting together for a long time. We’ve had some good collaborations in the past.
“At that time it was very important for us to have good communication and to have a nice atmosphere because we knew it was a bit tense in the last over.
“We just laughed, supported each other and told each other that whoever got the chance let’s try and finish the game,” he said of their strategy.
The Mumbaikar attributed his exploits in domestic cricket to his composure while batting in tense situations.
“I played a lot of domestic cricket before making my international debut, which helped me a lot.
“You have to put yourself in a lot and the grind you have there, playing on different challenging circuits, I just carried from there. Rest I learned from seeing and talking to so many senior players on the team. Every game I have try to put my best foot forward.” Surya is lined up for a test debut in the highly anticipated series against Australia that begins in Nagpur on February 9.
“Obviously everyone wants to play Test cricket. You start your cricket at national level and only play red ball, and I played for Mumbai.
“We all know how exciting the series would be, but at the same time it’s about staying in the present and focusing on how to give your best for tomorrow’s game, then we have plenty of time to think about Tests. ” The world number 1 T20I batsman has come a long way since making his debut against England on March 14, 2021 at the same venue.
He got a little emotional and said: “I also said to my manager, ‘I’m back where it all started’. Even I took the steps slowly, thinking about 2021 and how I got here.
“I have very good memories, but it will be very different now. I am very excited. Beautiful stadium, great crowd, looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow,” he signed.
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