Star India batter Virat Kohli has stated about his state of mind when Suryakumar Yadav took heavily on Hong Kong bowlers on Wednesday in India’s second match of the ongoing Asia Cup.
Crediting Suryakumar for completely changing the complexion of the game on a pitch which wasn’t as easy to play as he made it look.
Suryakumar shared a 98-run stand off just 42 balls with Virat Kohli, who made 59 in 44 balls, hitting four and three sixes in his 31st T20I fifty and brought out some shots in the end as India fetched 78 runs in the last five overs to score a daunting 192-2 against Hong Kong.
“Sky (Suryakumar) played an outstanding knock, a knock that I enjoyed thoroughly from the other end on a pitch which wasn’t as easy as he made it look, to be honest. It was a brilliant knock to watch from the other end. I’ve seen so many innings from a distance when we play in the IPL (against each other), or that being done to a lot of other teams.”
“But this was my first experience of watching it very closely. I was completely blown away. I honestly believe that the way you played today (on Wednesday), if you can stay in that zone, you can literally change the complexion of the game against any team in the world,” said Kohli in conversation with Suryakumar in a video on bcci.tv.
Suryakumar walked in when India were 94/2 in 13 overs, when KL Rahul was dismissed for 36 off 39 balls and brought out his drives, slashes, scoops and sweeps apart from audacious wrist play, sending the ball all over the park to get his fifty in 22 balls. He remained unbeaten on 68 off 26 balls, hitting six fours and as many sixes, which fetched him 60 runs coming at a strike-rate of 261.53.