Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli was “blown away” by Suryakumar Yadav’s knock against Hong Kong

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Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli was "blown away" by Suryakumar Yadav's knock against Hong Kong

Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli was “blown away” by Suryakumar Yadav’s knock against Hong Kong

Asia Cup 2022: Star Indian batter Virat Kohli said he was blown away by Suryakumar Yadav’s knock against Hong Kong on Wednesday.

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.

“I enjoyed Suryakumar Yadav’s innings from the other end. He came and changed the momentum of the game on a pitch that was not as easy as he made it look. I was completely blown away,” said Kohli in a video posted by BCCI that also featured Suryakumar.

In order to express himself freely, Suryakumar claimed he needed Virat to remain on the other end of the crease because he appreciated batting with the veteran.

Questioned on his mindset in the innings by Virat, Suryakumar said:

When I was sitting inside, I and Rishabh were talking about how do we take this game further as the pitch was a bit slow. When I went to bat, I tried being myself, doing what I do, what I love doing. I was going for 3-4 boundaries in my first ten balls. When I got that, I just kept batting.”

Virat said that the squad benefited greatly from their quickfire 98-run stand in 42 balls.

Suryakumar Yadav had hit four sixes in the final over, asked if he thought of hitting six sixes and becoming the second Indian to do so after Yuvraj Singh, he quipped, “I was trying my best but let us not get past Yuvi pajji.”

Virat stated that he is eager to see Surya perform such knocks for the Indian side.

“If you stay in that zone, you can change the complexion of the game against any team in the world,” he added.

Virat claimed that his strategy was really straightforward; stabilise the innings and hit some big shots when the opportunity presents itself.

“When you (Surya) were here, my role changed back to holding one end steady so that you could express yourself. I enjoy doing this, staying out there at the crease when I am set. I enjoyed my batting in my last game against a quality attack. Also I am happy that I got two innings where I enjoyed my batting. Numbers and milestones are not really relevant to me,” he added.

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. That 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 also six sixes.

Pacer Ayush Shukla 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 also taken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Avesh Khan.

Suryakumar Yadav’s outstanding performance earned him the title of “Man of the Match.”