India Tour of Sri Lanka: Suryakumar Yadav declares, ‘SL tour great challenge, but looking forward to play under Rahul Dravid’

India Tour of Sri Lanka: Suryakumar Yadav declares, 'SL tour great challenge, but looking forward to play under Rahul Dravid

India Tour of Sri Lanka: Even though Kusal Perera’s Sri Lanka have been struggling, Suryakumar Yadav is anticipating a great challenge from the home side on his first tour abroad. But he is excited to play under Rahul Dravid having made his international debut in style against England.

“It is a great opportunity for everyone to have a tour amidst this situation (COVID-19 pandemic). It is a great challenge and responsibility for everyone to come out here and express themselves. The great thing is having Rahul sir around, we have heard a lot about him. This is my first tour with him but I have heard from many players that Rahul sir is very calm and composed when it comes to this role. I am very excited and looking forward to it,” said Suryakumar Yadav said ahead in a virtual press conference from Colombo on Tuesday.

India Tour of Sri Lanka: Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India’s white-ball specialists will face Kusal Perera’s Sri Lanka in three ODIs and as many T20Is, beginning July 13. While it will be up to Rahul Dravid to test bench strength, for the newcomers like Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal, it will be their first taste of international cricket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the vice-captain of the series.

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For others like Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, it will be about performing well and cement their place in future series. Suryakumar Yadav, who had a good start in international cricket as he set the T20 stage on fire after scoring a fifty-plus score in just his second T20I against England earlier this year, said it is a great challenge and he os looking forward to it.

“I think that was a completely different challenge, for a batter, every time you go in and play a different game, you have to start from scratch. Here also I have to start from zero. That was a different series and this is a different series but the challenge remains the same. I have to go out there and perform in the same way I did. The pressure would be there, if there is no pressure then there is no fun. As I said, it will be a great challenge and I am really looking forward to it,” said Suryakumar Yadav said.

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When asked how the Indian Premier League (IPL) and how Mumbai Indians has groomed him, the 30-year-old said: “I think it has been a great experience and a great learning experience as I have been a part of the setup for a long time. Every year, I have learnt something different from all my teammates. IPL is a great learning and till now, it is like a saying, every year I go in the tournament, I go home learning something new. It is a great learning process and it has helped me to gain a lot of experience.”

Team India’s white-ball squad trained in Colombo for the first time on Friday as the Dhawan-led squad geared up for the upcoming limited-overs series in the Island Nation.

Earlier, in the pre-departure press conference, Dravid had said that he hopes the white-ball squad is able to give good performances so that they are able to knock the doors of selectors for a call-up for the T20 World Cup which is set to be played later this year in UAE.

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