File photo of Suryakumar Yadav.© AFP
Suryakumar Yadav on Saturday admitted that the heartbreaking World Cup final defeat is difficult to move on from, but the Indian captain termed the recent T20 series win over Australia as a big boost for the team ahead of the South Africa tour. India had beaten Australia 4-1 in the five-match series at home prior to their departure to South Africa. “The World Cup defeat was a disappointment and it is difficult to move on from it. But the series win against Australia was a big boost, even though it came in a different format,” Suryakumar said on the eve of the first T20 against South Africa.
Suryakumar, who captains the side in the absence of injuries Hardik Pandyawas delighted with India’s performance against the Aussies and urged the team to play “fearless cricket” against the Proteas in the upcoming three-match T20 series.
“The players put their hands up against Australia and came up with fearless cricket and we have to play the same against South Africa. I told them (the players) to do exactly what they do in franchise cricket,” he said.
Suryakumar did not give a glimpse into India’s combination for the tour opener, but said they have been working on it internally.
“We have the combination in mind. We know who will open tomorrow and maybe we will take a final call after the practice session today. Yes, we have enough sixth bowler options in this side to go for,” he said.
The 33-year-old said he enjoyed captaining the team.
“I’m enjoying it. It’s about keeping the players together and it’s a good group of players.”
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