Asian Cup 2022: Virat Kohli was ‘blown away’ by Suryakumar Yadav’s blow against Hong Kong
India’s star hitter Virat Kohli said he was blown away by Suryakumar Yadav’s hit against Hong Kong on Wednesday. Suryakumar Yadav’s searing 68*, Virat Kohli’s 59* and Ravindra Jadeja’s quick set-up helped India qualify directly for the ongoing 2022 Asian Cup Super Four stage after beating Hong Kong by 40 runs here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
“I enjoyed Suryakumar Yadav’s innings on the other side. He came on and changed the momentum of the game on a pitch that wasn’t as easy as he made it look. I was completely blown away “, Kohli said in a video posted by BCCI which also featured Suryakumar. Suryakumar said he enjoys playing with Virat and needs the veteran to stay on the crease at the other end in order to express himself freely.
Asked about his state of mind in the innings by Virat, Suryakumar said: “When I was sitting inside, me and Rishabh were talking about how we can go further in this game because the pitch was a bit slow. When I went to bat I tried to be myself, do what I do, what I love to do. I was going for 3-4 limits in my first ten balls. When I I got that, I just kept hitting Virat said the quick 98-point position between them on 42 balls was really nice for the team.
Suryakumar Yadav had hit four sixes in the final, asked if he thought he would hit six sixes and become the second Indian to do so after Yuvraj Singh, he joked: “I tried my best but let’s not go past Yuvi pajji .” Virat said he was looking forward to Surya performing such moves for the Indian team.
“If you stay in this area, you can change the color of the game against any team in the world,” he added. Virat said his plan was extremely simple, stabilize innings and take chances when the opportunity presented itself by hitting a few big shots.
“When you (Surya) were here, my role went back to maintaining a steady end so you can express yourself. I like doing that, staying out there in the crease when I’m ready. I enjoyed my stick when of my last game against a quality offense. I’m glad I had two sets where I enjoyed my stick. Numbers and milestones aren’t really relevant to me,” he added. Coming to the match, batted first by Hong Kong, the Indian team posted 192/2 in their 20 overs. Virat Kohli showcased glimpses of his former self and hit 59* on 44 balls, decorated with a huge four and three sixes. Then in the final overs, Suryakumar Yadav exploded, breaking a brilliant 68* on 26 balls with six fours and six sixes.
Pacer Ayush Shukla (1/29 in four overs) was the choice of Hong Kong bowlers. Chasing 193, Hong Kong had posted 51/2 in their power play. Babar Hayat (41 from 35 balls) and Kinchit Shah (30 from 28 balls) played solid shots. But that wasn’t enough to help Hong Kong shock the mighty Indians as they fell 40 points short of a win. They finished their innings at 152/5 in their 20 overs. India secured direct qualification for the Super Four phase of the tournament. Ravindra Jadeja (1/15 in four overs) was the bowlers’ choice for India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan also took one wicket each.
Suryakumar Yadav was named ‘Man of the Match’ for his brilliant shot. (ANI)
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