Asia Cup 2022, IND vs PAK: Trying to stay in my zone and play game, says Suryakumar Yadav

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Asia Cup 2022, IND vs PAK: Trying to stay in my zone and play game, says Suryakumar Yadav
Asia Cup 2022, IND vs PAK: Trying to stay in my zone and play game, says Suryakumar Yadav

Asia Cup 2022, IND vs PAK: Trying to stay in my zone and play game, says Suryakumar Yadav

Asia Cup 2022, IND vs PAK: India batter Suryakumar Yadav said that he will attempt to play in his “zone” and that his pregame preparations have always been top-notch prior to India’s Super Four match against Pakistan on Sunday.

After India defeated Hong Kong by 40 runs earlier, Suryakumar Yadav’s blazing 68*, Virat Kohli’s 59*, and Ravindra Jadeja’s quick fielding enabled India to advance directly to the Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022. In order to get the most out of their first Super Four encounter of the Asia Cup 2022, both archrivals India and Pakistan will face off in another tense battle on Sunday.

Speaking on Star Sports show ‘Follow the Blues’, Suryakumar Yadav spoke about his preparations and being in the ‘zone’ ahead of the highly anticipated India-Pakistan DP World Asia Cup 2022 game:

“Obviously, when I was growing up, there have been lots of talks regarding the India-Pakistan game and people say it’s the greatest rivalry, but when I or anyone go on the ground, it’s like we are playing just another game. When we enter the field, all our preparations, all our routines, and what we have been doing for any other game, it just reflects on the ground. I try to play my natural game based on the situation. So, when I go on the ground, it’s all the same. I don’t think what rivalry has been happening and what the expectations from outside etc. are. So, I just try to stay in my zone and play the game.”

Asia Cup 2022, IND vs PAK: Trying to stay in my zone and play game, says Suryakumar Yadav
Asia Cup 2022, IND vs PAK: Trying to stay in my zone and play game, says Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar also discussed the importance of having the right mindset prior to games and how he gets ready for such intense competition.

“For me, I think my preparations have always been on top. What I have done in the last three-four years with my game; go sit in the room and watch my batting again and again. Just try and stay one step ahead of any other team. So, I feel that the preparations have always been on top, and these things have helped me till now and I will follow that again and again,” he added.

The swashbuckling batter elaborated about his favourite move in his repertoire. And how, when he is on the field, he strives to bring the game to the opposition. “I love playing the sweep shot, to the spinners as well as to the fast bowlers; whenever I feel I have to play that, but its need of the hour to play everywhere on the ground. And so I just try and be myself.”

He further added:

“I think with the way cricket is going on, I used to play the same way in Ranji Trophy. Obviously, not sweeping around the fast bowler, playing the scoop. But my game, my mindset was the same when I was playing red ball as well. It’s the same for all three formats, it doesn’t change from a T20 to a one-day.”

“So, my mindset remains the same, I try and express myself as much as I can. And with the way things were panned at that moment, I just wanted to be a little different. So, I tried a few strokes in the nets, started watching my batting again and again, where I can excel and what areas I can improvise more, so those are the things that really helped me. And I started practising that in the net sessions and it all went well during the game. So, really happy with the way things are going,” he added.