UPDATED: April 8, 2021 15:24 IST
Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav has spilt some dressing secrets ahead of the IPL 2021 which kick-starts on Friday with his team facing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chennai’s Chepauk.
Suryakumar, who made a more than impressive debut for India recently, said that players of the Mumbai Indians squad were completely different ‘characters’ off the field. He pointed out players like Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard, saying that their other side can come across as ‘shocking’ for others.
In an exclusive interview with Sports Today, the 30-year-old also talked about the importance of calculated celebration after winning a match.
“Off the field, our dressing room is completely opposite. The way you will see us on the field it’s completely different from the field in the dressing room. In the dressing room, there are a lot of guys who make the dressing room atmosphere really funny. There is Hardik Pandya, there is Ishan Kishan, there is Kieron Pollard. If you see the other side of them you will get shocked. So there are a lot of characters in the dressing room. That’s why I said that the result on the field doesn’t matter. If we win the atmosphere is nice but if we lose we try to keep the same atmosphere so that we know what we have to do in the next game. After winning if you celebrate too much then you become a little complacent when you go to the next game. If you stay the same irrespective of the result, you can bring your A-game every time you play,” Suryakumar Yadav told Sports Today.
5-times champions Mumbai Indians are looking to win their third IPL title on the trot. The players of the team — Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard and others have been in sublime form in the recent few months.
The Rohit Sharma-led side will play their first 5 matches in Chennai before travelling to Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru for their league stage matches.