Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav on Thursday brushed aside concerns about Jasprit Bumrah’s condition, saying there’s “absolutely nothing to worry about” and that spearhead speed is poised to return after recovering from his back injury. Bumrah did not appear in the opening T20I against Australia, with team management deciding to give the pacer a little more time since he returned after recovering from a back injury. The Indian pacer has been out of action since the end of the England tour and has also skipped the Asian Cup due to the injury.
“Actually, I’m not aware of such communication, it’s not my department, you shouldn’t ask me about it (laughs), these are for physios and team management to answer.
“But in the team the environment is good and they are all prime fit and ready for the second T20I,” Suryakumar said during a virtual press conference when asked about Bumrah’s competition fitness and also where Umesh Yadav fit into the scheme of things.
When probed further on Bumrah, Suryakumar said, “Absolutely, he’s ready, nothing to worry about.” India, without Bumrah, delivered a shoddy performance when they failed to defend 208 in the series opener, with the pacers hitting 150 runs.
However, Suryakumar came in defense of the bowlers.
“Actually we didn’t have a discussion after the last game, but as you saw the day before, the game was long and there was also dew, and you also have to give them credit, they kept attacking, we try our best,” he said.
In his comeback match, Harshal Patel conceded 49 runs for no wicket, including a 22-run 18th over. Asked if Harshal’s variations are becoming predictable, Suryakumar said: “He’s very deceiving. I don’t play much in net sessions, but no matter how much I’ve played him and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar) bhai is also hard to decipher…
“But Harshal’s slower balls and his different variations are really deceiving and he’s just coming from injury so so much benefit of doubt should be allowed.” At batting, India’s aggressive approach paid off as KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav took the team to the 200 mark after top hitters Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were ejected early.
“Assessing the pitch is very important. Everyone plays their part, they know their responsibilities, what to do in different situations.
“The openers know their role really well and then it comes down to how we set up the game of what they have to do, and it’s set up well by the finishers, everything is going really well and we’ll look to do it again and again ,” he said.
When asked if he’s been assigned a particular role to attack the middle-class spinners, Suryakumar quipped, “I’ve also hit two sixes against fast bowlers, so I should get a little credit for that, what do you say? ?” “I’m very flexible, not a specific role. I basically plan myself for any situation. I’m flexible to bat in whatever number I may bat, I know I just have to do my part and I’m happy to do the.” Suryakumar had scored a 25-ball 46 in the opening game, which was dotted with two fours and four sixes.
India skipper Rohit Sharma was quite animated in Mohali, and on one occasion wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was caught after the India skipper’s instinct went for a DRS call, with Glenn Maxwell walking back to the hut in the 12th over.
Asked about the situation, Suryakumar said: “In the field there is a lot of pressure, so it’s important to have a little laugh to ease the situation, but the focus is always on the game.
“In DRS it sometimes happens that the sound of an edge doesn’t reach the back and Rohit and Dinesh know each other very well, they’ve been playing for so long, so they’re chatting.” Karthik wasn’t entirely convinced because he didn’t hear anything, but in the end DRS showed that Umesh Yadav had caused a fine nick at Maxwell’s bat.
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