“Aa raha hain, woh (Test pick) bhi aa raha hain (coming, that’s coming too,” Surya said confidently on Sunday after passing the 51 111 ball, fixing 65 times India beat. New Zealand in the second T20 International here.
The world’s number one hitter in the shortest form, Surya is also a proven performer in red-ball cricket, having represented Mumbai for many years in the domestic league.
“When we started playing cricket, we started with the red ball and I also played first class cricket for my Mumbai team… it was pretty good, so I have a reasonable idea of the fitness. Trial format and I love playing it too. Hopefully I’ll hit the Test limit soon,” he added in his post-match press conference.
Promoted to third, the 32-year-old played with Kiwi pitchers to lift India to a 191-to-six challenge after New Zealand put the visitors at a disadvantage. In response, the home team was eliminated with a score of 126.
Surya’s recent achievements lead many to think that he may have joined India two to three years late.
He admits that being ignored in the past is a bit frustrating.
“I always go back to my past. When I’m in my room, or traveling with my wife, we keep talking about how it was two or three years ago. What’s the situation now, what has changed? Since then, we continue to discuss that time.
“Obviously it was a bit disappointing at the time but we were always trying to see if there was anything positive that I could take from that period. How can I become a fortune-teller? motivate better cricket, how to stay one step ahead.
“After that time, I’ve been trying to do things differently, like eat good food, do quality workouts, sleep on time, so today I’m reaping the benefits of it all. what I did then.”
Now there’s the feeling that Surya can’t do anything wrong on the cricket field, and while some of his shots have also wowed him, the cricketer says he never tried. Try to get ahead of the game.
“I was also surprised to see some of the hits when I went back to my room, watching the highlights. Every time I did well or not well that day, I watched the highlights, but yes, even I was surprised to see those strokes.
“I never try to get ahead of the game, I never thought I was playing well today so I’ll do ‘x’ runs because it’s very important to stay current.
“If you think even for a minute that I’m leading the game, or I’m leading the pitchers, then the plan could be wrong there. So I try to stay in the present and think about it. what I have to do at that moment, rather than thinking ahead.”
At the Bay Oval on Sunday, Surya broke boundaries and six balls at will, his last 64 runs coming from just 18 balls. His exciting rounds feature 11 fourths and seven sixth rounds and his strike rate is a staggering 217.64.
New Zealand’s pitchers seemed oblivious as Surya made some phenomenal shots.
Where does he get his confidence from and what area does he currently reside in?
“Confidence is always there, yes, I have a few runs behind me. But at the same time, there’s a very thin line between you being a little cocky when you go into any match after scored.
“I think you have to follow all your processes and routines the same way you did when you’ve done well.
“So 99% of the time I try to do the same things on competition days, like if I have to work out, I have to have lunch at the right time, I have to take a 15-20 minute nap. , so all these things, these are little little habits that I try to work on on game days and when I get off the field I feel good. So that’s my zone.”
He added, “I spend a lot of time in my days off with my wife, talking to my parents a lot, one thing that makes me always stand firm is that they don’t talk about the game, don’t discuss about the game. That’s the most important thing and I’ll be happy to stay in that area for a very long time from here on.”
Impressed by Surya’s knock on the door, what a wonderful thing Virat kohli said he’s sure “this is another turn of his video game.”
Coming from Kohli, Surya took it as a compliment and pledged to try to continue in the same direction.
“Recently we have played some games together, have a good partnership, I like to hit the ball with him (Kohli). One thing is that I have to run a lot because he is very fit, but co When we went inside, we didn’t talk much about the game, we knew we respected each other’s games.
“I just told him that you keep playing on one side and I’m going to keep hitting the ball on the other end. He didn’t say much, just told me to keep hitting the ball the way you did and make the most of it. enjoy it.”
After taking the Kiwi pitchers to the cleanup, Surya just said he kept it “simple” and worked out his shots according to positions on the field.
If the pitchers throw the ball all the way into the stump, he’s happy to hit the inside-out through cover and as the faster pitchers target his stump at medium length. right, he helped the ball go over the free kick in a six-ball series.
“You have to play the format no matter where you’re playing. The most important thing is that you have a game plan in mind – what rubber surface, what size court surface, how the ball will move. which, etc.
“All these things you have to keep in mind and rest, you have to do during practice sessions and when you’re sitting in the room.
“You can’t think too much when you go into the game, you have to come in with a clear mind, positive thinking, with good intentions when you play this format and then just enjoy.”