These days, Suryakumar Yadav’s fan base is at an all-time high. The World No. 1 T20I hitter has climbed up the ranks in a flash over the last few months, and at the same time, he has won over millions of fans. He recorded 1164 runs, including two tonnes and nine half-centuries, in 31 matches at an average of 46.56, making him the player with the most runs in the shortest format at the end of 2022. He continued where he left off by smashing a powerful 112 off 51 balls against Sri Lanka on January 7, 2023, to slam the team’s maiden century.

Suryakumar discussed the enormous amount of support he has received and the added performance pressure in a conversation with bcci. tv.

“I like it. It feels fantastic. You get that recognition every time you visit a new city. You may simultaneously forget how you got here and what you were doing before accomplishing all of this. I simply try to keep doing what I’m doing, even if it might be challenging at times,” said Suryakumar.

Strangely, Suryakumar hasn’t been able to match his outstanding ODI performances from T20Is. He hasn’t reached a hundred in the 50-over format and only averages 30.62 with a strike rate of 101.53. The 32-year-old went into detail about his thoughts and approach while batting for the Men in Blue in the middle and lower middle of the order.

“I believe that I make an effort to play scenarios in every batting situation. If I am hitting at positions 4, 5, or 6, I consider the scenario and what the team now needs. I simply follow the team’s instructions and go through the motions,” Suryakumar stated.

The top Indian hitter received his first cap in March 2021 after consistently doing well in the Indian Premier League. Suryakumar is yet to make his Test cricket debut for India in the game’s longest format. He is included in India’s side, nevertheless, for the first two Test matches against Australia in February.