Asia Cup 2022: Hong Kong gifts Virat Kohli team jersey, shares heartwarming message
Asia Cup 2022: Hong Kong cricket team on Wednesday sent star Indian batter Virat Kohli a heartfelt message and gifted him a team jersey.
After defeating Hong Kong by 40 runs on Wednesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, India advanced directly to the Super Four round of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 thanks to Suryakumar Yadav’s scorching 68*, Virat Kohli’s 59*, and Ravindra Jadeja’s quick fielding.
The message on the jersey read: “Virat, Thank you for inspiring a generation. We stand with you! There are many incredible days ahead. With strength. With love. Team Hong Kong.”
The star batter was delighted by the gift and took to Instagram to thank the Hong Kong team for their gesture.
“Thank you @hkcricket. This gesture is truly humbling and very very sweet,” said Kohli in a story posted by him showing the jersey.
This message comes at a time when Kohli is aiming to hit his best form.
Since his previous international century, which occurred more over a thousand days ago, Kohli has played for India in 70 matches, making 2,648 runs in 84 innings, averaging 34.84 runs per innings. Since his previous international century, he has scored 25 half-centuries in all formats.
2022 in particular has been very tough for Kohli.
Kohli has only participated in six T20I matches for his team this year, during which he has scored 175 runs at a mediocre average of 35.00. This year, he has a best score of 59* in the format. Also in this format, he has scored two half-centuries for India.
He has played for India in 18 matches across all forms this year. However in 21 innings, he has only managed to score 570 runs at an average of 28.50. Only five half-centuries, with a top score of 79, have come off his bat.
Coming to the match, put to bat first by Hong Kong, Team India posted 192/2 in their 20 overs. A four and three enormous sixes were part of Virat Kohli’s 59* from 44 balls, which showed flashes of his previous form. Suryakumar Yadav then erupted in the final few overs, slamming a magnificent 68* off 26 balls with six fours and six sixes.
Pacer Ayush Shukla was Hong Kong’s preferred bowler (1/29 in four overs).
Hong Kong had scored 51/2 in their powerplay while chasing 193. Kinchit Shah (30 off 28 balls) and Babar Hayat (41 off 35 balls) both scored consistently high totals. However, it was insufficient to enable Hong Kong to surprise the powerful Indians as they came 40 runs short of a victory. At the end of their 20 overs, they had scored 152/5. India received straight qualification to the competition’s Super Four Phase.
For India, the best bowler was Ravindra Jadeja (1/15 in four overs). A wicket was also taken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Avesh Khan.
Suryakumar Yadav’s outstanding performance earned him the title of “Man of the Match.”