Suryakumar Yadav, who's captaining Mumbai in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, has said he "strongly feels" he'll get an India call-up soon.
Suryakumar has been in a good run of form so far this domestic season with three fifty-plus scores in his last six innings across formats. The first of those fifties was an unbeaten 29-ball 72 in a Deodhar Trophy match for India C against India A.
It was an innings that highlighted Suryakumar's outrageous shot-making ability that allows him to hit fours and sixes even off good deliveries. In this particular knock, he went from having scored 18 runs off 16 balls to finishing with 72 off 29 balls: the last 13 balls producing 54 runs, including seven fours and four sixes.
Harbhajan Singh, who was a team-mate of Suryakumar when the pair was with Mumbai Indians, tweeted glowingly in recognition of the Mumbai batsman's ability after this innings. The tweet read: "Well done @surya_14kumar (Suryakumar Yadav) that is special.. wish to see you bat like this for india soon.. they says keep knocking on the door but it’s time to break the door..keep putting such performance so they can’t avoid you for long @BCCIdomestic @mipaltan."
Suryakumar, in an interview with ESPNcricinfo , addressed Harbhajan's tweet about him. "Knowing he tweeted, I was really happy. I called him and told him, 'Thank you so much Bhajju pa for tweeting for me. It means a lot that you tweeted'. He keeps motivating me, keeps pushing me, because he feels I'm not doing justice to my talent. And that's good, there have to be a few people who keep doing this for you."
The 29-year-old is realistic about his chances of getting the national call-up and said: "I always feel some things in life are not in our hands. If you think only about 'I have to play for India', it puts unnecessary pressure on yourself. Of course, I have been thinking that I'm not there in that circle still. But I strongly feel that the time is around the corner and I'm going to push the door this year."
Under Suryakumar's captaincy, Mumbai has begun its defence of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with three consecutive wins with the captain himself scoring two half-centuries.
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