After being tired of waiting for the elusive India call-up, a frustrated Suryakumar Yadav switched from hard work to smart work, tweaking certain aspects of his game to get his much-anticipated breakthrough.

The 32-year-old decided to change his training, began dieting and batting more towards the off-side to be more effective.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. Pic Credits: Twitter

Suryakumar Yadav made a host of changes to his routine for success

He also felt that he had been practising mindlessly before and getting frustrated, but after shifting to “quality” training he became more consistent.

Suryakumar told ESPNCricinfo’s Cricket Monthly, “I started training in a different way. After 2018 I realised what I needed to work on in my game. I started batting more towards the off side.”

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP

Suryakumar, who made his debut in international cricket in a T20 match against England in March 2021, 11 years after starting his first-class career added, “I started dieting. Did a few things which really helped me in the 2018 domestic season and 2019. And going forward, in 2020 my body was completely different.”

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Suryakumar credited rubber-ball cricket for his ability to play shots all across the field,

“So if I have to stamp my authority when I go in to bat, if I have to tell the opponent that I am here for some business and I am here to score runs, what do I do?

“I hit a boundary off the first ball, a six off the first ball, or maybe I try and hit two-three boundaries in the first seven-eight balls I face. That’s my style of playing.” 

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP

“I used to play a lot of rubber-ball cricket during my school days. We used to play on hard cement tracks. People used to just come running and chuck the ball as fast as they could.”

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