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Will Suryakumar Yadav ever play Test cricket?

Will Suryakumar Yadav ever play Test cricket?

Suryakumar Yadav has evolved as one of the finest Indian batters in limited-over cricket. He was among the phenomenal run-scorers in the ICC t20 World Cup 2022, scoring 239 runs at an average of 59.75 from six games, which makes him the third-highest run-scorer of the tournament after counterpart Virat Kohli, and the Netherlands’ Max O’Dowd.

Overall, he has gathered 1284 T20I runs, starting his stint in the format in 2021, and has scored 340 ODI runs from 13 games. Having his significant say in limited-over cricket, Yadav has hinted at becoming India’s face in Test cricket as well. Although he was called up for Test cricket more than once, he never earned the cap.

The flamboyant batter is optimistic about getting his Test cap sooner than later. While talking in a presser after the conclusion of the 2nd T20I against New Zealand, he said,

“Aa raha hain, woh (Test selection) bhi aa raha hain (coming, that is also coming),”

He further added that he has a clear idea about the requirements of Test cricket as he kick-started his cricketing career with first-class cricket.

“When we start playing cricket, we start with the red ball, and I have also played first-class cricket for my Mumbai team… it was quite okay, so I have a fair idea about the Test format, and I enjoy playing that format also. Hopefully, I will get the Test cap soon,”

Yadav, opening up on his journey to the national team, also said that he came across obstacles and was irritated at a point for not getting enough chances despite proving his worth on multiple occasions. Against all the odds, he has worked hard and is now the World’s number one T20I batter.

The 32-year-old further said,

“I always keep going back to my past. When I am in the room or travelling with my wife, we keep talking about how the situation was two-three years ago. What is the situation now, and what has changed now from then? We keep discussing that time? Obviously, there was a bit of frustration at that time, but we always tried to see if there was something positive I could take out of that phase. How could I become a better cricketer? How to go one step ahead,”

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