Team India batsman Suryakumar Yadav got off to a flying start in international cricket with a half-century during the 4th T20I against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. However, his dismissal after a well-made 57-run knock left everyone in shock as the third umpire ruled Suryakumar out despite clear evidence of the ball touching the ground while Dawid Malan took the catch at the boundary.
The batsman from Mumbai made his debut in the 2nd T20I but didn’t get an opportunity to bat thanks to brilliant shows from Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli. Cut down to the 4th match, Suryakumar Yadav came out to bat after India lost Rohit Sharma early. He stamped his authority right in the first ball off his international career hitting Jofra Archer for a six in his trademark Nataraj style.
Not disappointed with my dismissal – Suryakumar Yadav
Since then, he looked comfortable in the middle taking on Adil Rashid for an inside-out six and cutting Mark Wood, who was bowling at an express pace. The 30-year-old finally got out to a controversial decision from the umpires after scoring 57 runs but that innings helped India secure a crucial 2-2 draw with one match still to go. Reacting to his debut, Suryakumar admitted to having butterflies in his stomach but he tried to keep things simple and do what he has done so far in IPL.
“There were some butterflies, I was happy when I got to know that I will be playing at three, I knew what I had done before, I just followed the same process which I do while playing for my franchise. I knew this situation really well, I wanted to do the same things. I did not do anything different, I just expressed myself,” Suryakumar Yadav said.
Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav’s dismissal stirred a lot of controversy with the cricketing fraternity slamming the soft signal rule. Indian skipper Virat Kohli also called out the rule saying why don’t umpires have ‘I don’t know rule.” Reacting to his dismissal, Suryakumar said that he is not disappointed with the way he got out because it was not in his control.
“It was a great opportunity for me to bat at number three for India. Yeah, I knew he will come a little short at me. Regarding my dismissal, not really disappointed because few things are not in my control. Things that are in my control, I try to control that and things outside that, are not in my hands,” he added.