Asia Cup 2022, IND vs HK: It was heartwarming gesture by Virat Kohli, says Suryakumar Yadav on former Indian captain’s reaction to his blistering knock

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Asia Cup 2022, IND vs HK: It was heartwarming gesture by Virat Kohli, says Suryakumar Yadav on former Indian captain's reaction to his blistering knock
Asia Cup 2022, IND vs HK: It was heartwarming gesture by Virat Kohli, says Suryakumar Yadav on former Indian captain's reaction to his blistering knock

Asia Cup 2022, IND vs HK: It was heartwarming gesture by Virat Kohli, says Suryakumar Yadav on former Indian captain’s reaction to his blistering knock

Asia Cup 2022, IND vs HK: Star of the match Suryakumar Yadav claimed that he is prepared to bat anywhere after securing a spot in the Super Four stage of the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. He also mentioned that Virat Kohli’s bow to Suryakumar after the innings ended was a touching gesture.

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. India defeated Hong Kong in every aspect of play and advanced to the Super four as the second team.

Former India skipper Virat Kohli bowed to Suryakumar after the innings in admiration of his blistering performance.

“It was a heartwarming gesture by Virat Kohli. Because I’ve never seen it. I saw him not moving ahead and said let’s move ahead together. He has so much experience, I enjoyed batting with him. It is important to have someone experienced in a situation like this match. Because I may not have played so many games yet,” said Suryakumar in a post-match press conference.

Suryakumar’s batting blitz was noteworthy. In just 22 balls, the number four batsman reached fifty runs, capping off India’s innings with four sixes in the final over.

Talking about his majestic knock, Suryakumar said, “The situation was such that I had to go to the crease and play fast. Because the wicket was a little slow in the starting, I talked to Virat Kohli, he said ‘just express yourself and do as you bat’. My plan was also very clear on how to bat so it was fun.”

On the performance of Indian young pace attack Ashdeep Singh and Avesh Khan, Suryakumar Yadav said:

“From my idea, they are not bowling badly. Recently they have also got the man of the match, I don’t know which. Both are bowling well. I feel everyone is in a good space and doing well. I think every bowler has that one off day.”

“We keep talking about the situations of the match that if such a situation comes, then how to play in it. We were discussing the plans that we need to score 170-180 plus. I feel it is a challenge to bat in the first innings but we need to be ready for it. I plan my shots and try to express myself through it. We tried to beat Hong Kong by a bigger margin but the opposition also did a few things right. I am ready to bat at any position for the team. I just want to play no matter what position I have to bat and that is what I have told my coach,” he added.

Talking about the match, Hong Kong lost three wickets while chasing a 193-run mark. The crucial wicket of Babar Hayat, who was battering Indian bowler to keep Hong Kong in the game, was taken by star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Then, with a direct smash on the stumps, Jadeja put an end to Nizakat Khan’s innings.

By dismissing Yasim Murtaza as the opener, Arshdeep Singh provided India with a significant victory. Zeeshan Ali, who was in excellent form and hit several huge smashes, tried to help Hong Kong win the game in the last overs. But it was too late as India had already won the match. And secured a position in the Super Four round of the tournament by a score of 40 runs.

Earlier, India’s batter Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav shone as the Men in Blue scored 192/2 against Hong Kong in an Asia Cup Group A match. India was down to 94 for two under 15 overs. When Kohli played an unbroken performance of 59 off 44 balls and Suryakumar smashed 68 not out off 26 balls. Together, the pair stitched an unbeaten 98 runs to save India.