Suryakumar Yadav revealed he was disappointed after being overlooked for the tour of Australia but his Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma’s words helped him out in that phase. Also Read - IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma to Jasprit Bumrah, Players Champions Mumbai Indians (MI) Could Retain Ahead of Mega Auction

The dynamic Mumbai Indians batsman said he was sitting with Rohit in the gym during Team India’s squad selection time. Also Read - Rohit Sharma Was Expected to Board The Flight, But he Chose Not to: BCCI Source

“That time in the gym Rohit was sitting besides me and he just looked at me, and I said, ‘obviously, I am a bit disappointed’, because he could see that I was expecting some good news,” Suryakumar told PTI in an interview. Also Read - Mohammad Amir: Would Have Been Great to Bowl to Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma in PSL

“Later on he was like ‘I just believed you have been doing a great job for the team right now, and instead of thinking about that (non-selection), you just do the same things what you have been since day one in this IPL.

“… ‘and when the time is right, your opportunity will come, may be today or tomorrow but it will come, you just got to believe in yourself’,” Surya recalled.

The 30-year-old has been waiting for his national team call-up for a long time despite scoring consistently in IPL and domestic season from past couple of years.

Surya said Rohit’s words gave a big boost to him and he felt good after knowing that Rohit was understanding his feelings at that time.

“I really felt good because I knew how I was feeling at that time and even he could see it in my eyes clearly. I think to come out of that was a big boost for me,” he said.

The 30-year-old Mumbai batsman conceded that the team selection for the Australian tour was at the back of his mind even though he did try a few things to distract himself from the thought.

“During this tournament actually I was a bit disappointed. I knew the team was going to come out, and the same day I tried myself to keep busy, just try and avoid getting that thought — there is a squad selection tonight.

“So I thought I’ll just focus on my process and my things properly and instead of thinking about the call up, I will try and keep myself busy, I can go to the gym or maybe spend time with my teammates.

“But yes, at the back of the mind, there was a thought that the team is coming out tonight,” he admitted.

And when he saw that his name did not feature in the list, Suryakumar was hurt.

“I sat in a room and started thinking, why my name is not there, but after looking at the squad there were lot of players who got lot of runs as well and even they have been playing consistently, doing well for India, doing well in IPL.

“Then I thought instead of thinking about that, I’ll just try and keep scoring runs, do my job, what’s in my hand, what’s in my control, and then wait for the opportunity, whenever it comes, grab with both hands,” he said.

Surya came up as a 360-degree batsman in the recently concluded IPL, to which he claims he has been trying to score all over the park from 2018.

“Not only before this IPL, I think since 2018 I have been trying to score all over the park. I didn’t want myself to be a single-dimensional player.

“Before I used to love playing on leg-side, but then, later on, I thought, if you have to play well and score runs at this level with so much of competition you got to, practise hard and take the other side as well.

“Then I started practising even more, playing off-side strokes, because I used to love playing Ranji Trophy and in four-day cricket, you can’t actually survive playing on one side, then I started enjoying more batting on off side as well, built a few strokes.

“Slowly I knew if I keep following those routines, it will come and at a point I will be happy the way I’m batting and it is happening now and I am very happy,” he said.

He played a key role in Mumbai Indians’ record fifth IPL title and the cricketer is satisfied with his overall performance.

“I was satisfied with the way things went in the IPL. I made a few goals before going to the IPL, wanted to tick a few boxes of getting more and more runs.

“But when the tournament started I thought, maybe, instead of thinking about scoring more runs, I can think about the contributions I can make which can help the team win.

“Those impactful performances and then I started focusing on that, maybe a 30-runs or 20 runs off 10 balls or good 50, play till the end and get that runs, which helps the team win,” he signed off.