'Energy from both sides will be good': Suryakumar Yadav on ODI decider

Suryakumar Yadav, batter for India national team, showed his excitement for the deciding match in the ODI series between India and England. Currently, both teams have one win each.

"Now in the series decider, the morale of both teams will be high," Yadav told reporters in the pre-game conference. "And the energy from both sides will be good in the match. So we are waiting for tomorrow's match."

He complimented the England national team for showing "good cricket". In the past month, both teams have met multiple times in white-ball and red-ball categories, thus they have a clear idea about each other's performance.

Suryakumar Yadav on self-improvement

The right-handed batter achieved an impressive record during the last match in the T20I series with England. He landed a century by collecting 117 runs and also got 6 sixes and 14 boundaries. The achievement boosted his ICC ranking by 44 slots. He currently places 5 in the ranking, which is his career best.

In the press conference, Yadav also talked about this T20I achievement. He mentioned that public support motivated him to deliver a good performance for the audience.

“How can I do better on the ground and improve that is really important for me," Yadav said. "When people praise you on your achievements, you get a motivation to do well."

Yadav used the opportunity to praise Captain Rohit Sharma for his leadership too, saying that that the team's leader always gives him suggestions about improving his performance and adding to his game. The two athletes' camaraderie does not only happen in the national team as they had also played together for Mumbai in the local cricket scene.

The cricketer received a question related to his own approach in this ODI match. He answered that he implements a similar mindset as the T20.

"Playing the natural game is important and there is an advantage in one days that five fielders are inside the circle so the intent is always to score runs," Yadav added. "Even if the wickets are falling I try to keep the scoreboard ticking."

"In 3 or 4 years, I tried to improve by reading my game, how and in which areas can I make runs and what will be my next step, by continuously training."

India and England in the ODI

The third game in the ODI series will take place in Manchester on Sunday, July 17, which will determine who won the series. In the most recent series between India and England, they got varying results. The Test series ended with a draw, while England lost the T20I.

India won the first match in this ODI series by 10 wickets. However, on the second day, the host caught up and defeated India by 100 runs. England's Reece Topley had broken a century after taking six wickets in the last ODI match, leading the England team's win.

Yadav said that the India team does not think “too much” about winning the game, especially after defeating England in the T20I category earlier this month. Still, they promised to play their “best” in the coming match.

India now places third in the men's ODI category according to ICC rankings. Meanwhile, the opponent is in second place.

Gian Chacko

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