Suryakumar Yadav was at his destructive best during the third and final T20I between India and Australia played on Sunday night in Hyderabad. Suryakumar blazed away to a blistering half-century - a strokeful 69 off 36, laced with five fours and as many sixes.
His innings was vital in India clinching the three-match T20I series as they chased down 187 with a delivery to spare. However, in a post-match chat with teammate Axar Patel, Suryakumar revealed he wasn’t well during the night as the medical team scrambled to treat him ahead of the series-decider.
In a video shared by BCCI on their official website, Axar revealed to have woken up early in the morning and heading to the physio room where he witnessed a commotion and upon enquiry, he was informed that they were treating Suryakumar who had complained of stomach ache and fever.
“Actually, you (Axar) were also facing this problem. I got to know this during the team meeting," Suryakumar said even as Axar burst out laughing.
He continued, “There was a little issue. The weather changed and now we have started travelling as well. So I had a stomach ache and then fever."
However, Suryakumar wasn’t willing to take any chances and probably even sit out of the series-decider. And so he pleaded with the medicos to get him ready for the evening’s contest.
“At the same time, I knew this one is the decider. So I told my doctor and physio, ‘If this would’ve been the world cup final, then how will I react? I can’t sit like this.’ So I told them, ‘do anything - give me any medicine, injection - do everything you can to get me fit for the game,'" the 32-year-old said.
“(And) once you have worn the jersey and are on the ground then the emotion is different," he added.
A jovial Axar, who apparently was suffering from the same ailment, then added whoever had issues during the night, starred in the third T20I.
“Whatever pill you took, seems something else. I think whoever was having issues at night, it was going to be their day," Axar said.
Axar was the pick of the bowlers for India finishing with top figures of 3/33 from four overs and also won the player-of-the-series award - his first of international career.
“So keep taking the dose on match day," quipped Surya.