Suryakumar Yadav's leadership philosophy is very similar to his T20 batsmanship — uncomplicated. And that's what is helping the younger brigade perform well, feels pacer Prasidh Krishna.
India are already 2-0 up in the five-match T20I series against Australia under Surya's captaincy and Prasidh himself has got a lot of backing as he came back strongly in the second game with three wickets after being hit for 50 in the first.
Asked about Surya's captaincy style, Prasidh replied: "It shows in the way he (Suryakumar) bats — very similar in his captaincy as well. He trusts his players, backs all of us to do what we want to do and he's there right behind us to support if there's anything going wrong."
Rohit Sharma, the regular India captain, is known to give a lot of freedom to his players and SKY, as Surya is fondly called, who is also his teammate at Mumbai Indians, is no different.
"That has been the name of the game and then that's the word around... freedom, go and execute your plans out there and everyone trusts each other in the team," the Karnataka speedster said.
He said he learnt a lot being a part of India's World Cup campaign though he did not play a single match. "Being a part of the squad was massive learning for me. That's the biggest learning curve I've had since I've been a part of the team. I got to learn a lot the way people prepare, the amount of information that you can take."
However, Prasidh also knows that there is no substitute to practical lessons.
"I thought the information (from the World Cup) was too theoretical for me... I was sitting at the dugout speaking to my teammates. Here (in a match), it is more than theoretical, you need to be able to execute things. It took me a couple of overs (in Visakhapatnam), but after that I was in competition mode."
The Indian bowlers tackled the dew factor well while defending in the second T20I. A lot of planning went into that, Prasidh revealed.
"It was really wet... Even in the eighth over, when Mukesh (Kumar) was bowling, there was a lot of dew. But this is part of the challenge of playing in India. As a bowling unit, we need to learn to tackle dew. It is really difficult, but then we need to adapt to it. We were prepared, we knew that dew was going to play a huge role," Prasidh said.
With inputs from PTI