India vs New Zealand: Suryakumar Yadav has a team conversation with the captain on the Lucknow T20I pitch
Suryakumar Yadav, India's T20 vice-captain, downplayed the Ekana Stadium pitch dispute on Tuesday by claiming that the team is "comfortable" playing on any surface and that the wicket doesn't really matter.
In two innings of bowling, spinners completed 30 overs without giving up a single six. Suryakumar, on the other hand, set a new record for a batter in the game by scoring 26 not out of 31 balls, proving why he is the top-ranked T20I hitter.
After Hardik Pandya publicly criticized the pitch curator of the second T20I in Lucknow at the post-match award ceremony, there was a significant controversy. Tuesday's media reports said that the curator's dismissal was the result of his failure to create a strong pitch for a T20I match.
"Later, Hardik and I had a conversation in which we agreed to accept whatever came our way in the future. Everything is OK, "On the eve of the series-deciding game at Motera, Surya stated.
"Any kind of ground will suffice for playing. These are the variables outside of your control. We exercised the control we had, had to adjust, apply, and move on from the issue. But the game itself was thrilling.
"If there is rivalry in the game, I don't believe wickets matter much in any game, ODI or T20I, low scoring or big scoring. You go forth, take the challenge, and carry on "Surya continued.
When questioned further about Hardik's remarks on the Lucknow pitch during the second T20I, Suryakumar started to giggle before responding, "It's perfect in every way. We eventually spoke, however, and agreed that we would continue with whatever came our way in the future."
The Mumbai native credited his success in local cricket to his cool head when batting under pressure.
"Before making my international debut, I played a lot of domestic cricket, and that has been really beneficial to me.
"You have to put a lot of effort into it, and I simply took it from there, performing on various difficult tunes. Rest, I've learned from talking to so many of the team's veteran players. I strive to give it my all throughout every game." Surya is expected to make his Test debut in the much awaited series against Australia that kicks off on February 9 in Nagpur.
"Everyone aspires to play Test cricket, of course. You begin playing red balls only at the domestic level of cricket, where I represented Mumbai.
We all understand how thrilling the series would be, but at the same time, it's important to be in the moment. The emphasis is on how to play your best game tomorrow, after which we will have plenty of time to consider the tests. The No. 1 T20I hitter in the world has advanced significantly since making his debut against England on March 14, 2021, at the same location.
He said, sounding a little emotional: "I also remarked to my manager, "I'm back where it all started." Even I moved slowly, considering the year 2021 and how I got here.
"Though I have many pleasant recollections, the present situation is extremely different. I'm really happy. Looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow in a beautiful stadium with a wonderful audience, "He concluded by adding his signature.