Sports News | Making of “SKY-scraper”: A coach and friend explain Suryakumar’s phenomenal transformation

New Delhi, 27.11. (PTI) “It’s impossible to predict whether Suryakumar Yadav will be successful in friendly matches, but I can assure you that if he gets a chance, he’ll do his best,” said coach Vinayak Mane, choosing his words carefully .

The unique freak has become Indian cricket’s toast, but the method in his madness has yet to be fully deciphered.

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Surya’s daring with the willow has led to people using four-letter swear words in disbelief. Looking at some of his recordings, many were overcome with awe.

For someone who’s become world no moment is.

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Two people, aside from his immediate family, who have been closely watching this remarkable transformation are former Mumbai opener Mane and his longtime statesman and childhood friend Sufiyan Sheikh.

Mane first saw Surya as a precocious 18-year-old who had received a scholarship from Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) in 2009 as a talented Mumbai U-19 player.

However, Mane got to know Surya better when the cricketer joined Parsee Gymkhana, whose top boss Khodadad S Yazdegardi was also taking good care of the man.

“I still played a bit of cricket and had just started training when Surya came to Parsee Gymkhana. He was having a tough time at Mumbai cricket trying to turn corners. He always had the shots and everyone who saw him knew he was going to play for India,” said Mane, who played 54 top-flight games.

So how did Surya prepare for the Australian conditions?

“Mr. Khodadad, who also likes Surya, deserves credit. At the Parsee Gymkhana compound, we prepared a tough wicket with a generous scattering of grass especially for his training.

“One of my students, a Mumbai U-23 player, Om Keshkamat, acted as a left side arm, giving throwdowns with the robo-arm. Surya also likes Om. I also had all kinds of bowlers give him a decent workout,” Mane said.

After playing 20 minutes, Surya completed simulation training.

“It would be different for the Chase where goals would be like 28 from 2 overs and if you bat first let’s say 30 runs from power play overs 4-6. He often said that gave me a field and when I come out I’ll come out so he’s in match mode,” Mane recalled.

While cricket-loving crowds are enthralled by his behind-the-court shots and pick-up shots down the deep fine leg, Mane has always seen him play those shots.

“He’s always had those shots. What he’s developed now is an even more streamlined technique. So when he’s playing something that’s being flung at his body, his head stays very still. If you look closely while his rearfoot kicks over the stumps into the When he goes offside, he keeps his balance as his head is pointing towards Extra Cover and his forefoot stays straight,” Mane explained.

His friend Sufiyan, who played for Mumbai and the Ranji Trophy U-19 World Cup in New Zealand in 2010, also highlighted a technical aspect.

“People love width so they can switch their arms. Surya is the opposite. He works with minimal space. So those incredible shots from behind the stumps that he’s pulling off, he’s determined to get the bowlers to roll onto his body.

“In the worst case scenario, he’ll get hit and that bruise will remind him that he needs to be all the faster,” Sufiyan said.

He also gave an interesting insight into how Surya’s mind works.

“Of course he wore thigh pads on hard courts with a lot of bounce, but in Ahmedabad, in his T20I debut against England, he didn’t wear thigh pads. He often does this on Indian courts to reduce weight and it helps him run fast during twos and threes.”

How the snub worked wonders during the Australian tour

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Sufiyan has known Surya for U-12 days. He lives in the busy Crawford Market area of ​​Mumbai while Surya is a Chembur boy.

“In late 2020 when we played Mushtaq Ali T20 after the first wave of COVID-19, he didn’t make it to the Australian tour. After our seven days of tough quarantine, I went to his room and it resembled a mini-gym. All the strength equipment was there. He also got a ration from home as he wanted to avoid greasy hotel food,” said the goalkeeper.

But what Sufiyan has stayed with the longest is something else.

“India stickers were stuck on the mirror in his room, on the closet, on the bed. He just looked and remembered his goal,” the friend said.

He believes it was the right time when Surya got the opportunity to play for India.

“He got it after he turned 30. People would say it’s late, but he’d seen enough disappointments to harden him and failure wasn’t an option.

“I would give a lot of credit to Devisha (wife) for being his pillar of strength. He didn’t make it to the India U-19 World Cup, was removed from the Mumbai captaincy so now is the time to do that to enjoy heights,” he added Sufiyan.

His ability to lift spirits in difficult times makes him a lovely person.

“Once I was going through a rough patch and he came and called me while he was under my apartment, pulled me out and took me on a long drive to Lonavala. Had dhaba ka khaana and we were back. I felt rejuvenated. He never says ‘yeh nahi hoga’ he always said ‘yeh ho jayega’.

Sufiyan wants to see his best friend in India.

“He’s great against spinners on Indian circuits. Choose him and he won’t play on the field but with the field,” he laughed.

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