IND vs NZ 2023: Suryakumar Yadav plays down Ekana pitch controversy; says wicket doesn't matter a lot
India's T20 vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav on Tuesday played down the Ekana Stadium pitch controversy, saying the wicket doesn't matter a lot and they are "fine" with any surfaces.
Suryakumar Yadav, India's T20 vice-captain, said on Tuesday that the team is "fine" playing on whatever surface and that the Ekana Stadium pitch controversy doesn't matter much.
India skipper Hardik Pandya had termed the Ekana pitch a "shocker" after a tense 100-run chase, which was achieved in the penultimate delivery of the match. The curator was blamed for the fiasco and was sacked.
"We (Hardik and I) had a chat later on, and it was like, whatever we got in future we will go with it. It's completely fine," Surya said on the eve of the series decider at Motera.
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"It doesn't matter what soil you play on. These are the things which aren't in your control. We did what we had in our control, we had to adapt, apply on that ground and move on with the situation. But it was an exciting game. Any game, ODI or T20I, low or high scoring, if there's competition in the game, wickets, I don't think, matter a lot. You go out there, have a challenge, accept it and move on," Surya added.
In challenging conditions, New Zealand got India down to 83/7, and with Surya and Hardik in the middle, the hosts needed 17 runs from the final two overs. The two reduced the equation from eight runs in the final over.
"Actually, we have been batting together for a very long time now. We had some good partnerships in the past. At that time, it was very important for us to have good communication and have a nice atmosphere as we knew that it was a little tense in the last over. We were just having a laugh, backing each other and telling each other whoever got an opportunity let's try and finish the game," he said about their strategy.
The Mumbai native credited his success in domestic cricket to his cool head when batting under pressure.
"I've played a lot of domestic cricket before making my international debut, that has helped me a lot. You have to apply yourself a lot and the grind you have there, playing on different challenging tracks, I just carried it from there. Rest I've learnt seeing so many senior players in the team, talking to them. Every game, I try to put my best foot forward," he added.
Surya is expected to make his Test debut in the much-awaited series against Australia that kicks off on February 9 in Nagpur.
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"Obviously, everyone wants to play Test cricket. You start your cricket at domestic level, playing with red ball only, 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 the focus is on how to give your best for tomorrow's game, then we have full time to think about Tests," he noted.
The world's No. 1 T20I batter has come a long way since making his debut against England at the same venue on March 14, 2021.
Turning a touch emotional, he said, "I told my manager also 'I'm back where it all began'. Even I took the steps slowly thinking of 2021 and how I came here. I've very good memories, but it will be completely different now. I'm very excited. Beautiful stadium, amazing crowd, looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow."
(With inputs from PTI)