Asia Cup 2022: Visiting Indian dressing room was ‘once in a lifetime experience’ for Hong Kong players

Asia Cup 2022: Visiting Indian dressing room was 'once in a lifetime experience' for Hong Kong players

Asia Cup 2022: Visiting Indian dressing room was ‘once in a lifetime experience’ for Hong Kong players

Asia Cup 2022: The Hong Kong players termed their visit to the Indian dressing room on Friday as a once-in-a-lifetime experience ahead of their clash with Pakistan.

In their conversations with the reporters, the players from the associate nations were unanimous in their support for the Indian players, praising Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for their exceptional understanding.

“Like Babar said it was once in a lifetime thing we don’t know when we will have to play them again. Hopefully in the next Asia Cup or potentially in the world cup depending on what happens, but it has been amazing they have been so nice. It was nice interacting with them for the first time,” said pacer Ayush Shukla.

The young player claimed after getting rid of top batter Rohit Sharma that it still doesn’t feel real.

“For me, it is a big thing to get Rohit Sharma in my fifth and sixth T20I. I still can’t believe that I dismissed Rohit Sharma. For me, it is just a big experience playing with them,” Shukla added.

The cricketer, who is also a finance and accounting student, stated that the team’s experience playing against test-playing nations has been quite instructive.

Wanting to imbibe the learnings from the Indian team, he said, “100 per cent, I got only one wicket in four overs I bowled. From the sidelines, we got to learn a lot after watching their bowling. It has just been great, the kind of lifestyle they have, their preparation towards the game even we want to replicate that. We want to be as professional as them or even close to them. So, we got to learn a lot and we are excited about the next game.”

Adding about his experience of playing with Virat Kohli, he said:

“For us, it’s massive at the end of the day to play against Virat Kohli will probably be the best thing to happen to both of us. So, seeing him and seeing what he does and how he prepares. Not just him, but every single player is extremely important and it builds on every single person’s game, especially speaking to them on the field immediately we had questions on how they train and what they do. Obviously, we know the difference in the facility between us and them, but whatever information we can get and get as much as we can is absolutely massive and putting on tournaments like this for associate nations is good. It is a great learning experience for the young guys and Babar, who is playing his second Asia Cup it’s massive.”

In the last Group A matchup, Hong Kong will compete against Pakistan for a spot in the quarterfinals. Given Hong Kong’s outstanding performance, the Friday game is expected to be an exciting one.

India defeated Pakistan and Hong Kong in their opening games of the tournament. Hong was defeated by India by 40 runs while Pakistan was defeated by India by five wickets.

The winner of the game will compete in the Asia Cup’s Super-4 round alongside Sri Lanka, India, and Afghanistan.