Really Enjoyed Batting With Virat Kohli: Suryakumar Yadav


Sydney: Virat Kohli’s blazing 62*, Rohit Sharma’s 53 and Suryakumar Yadav’s quick-fire 51* helped India beat Netherlands by 56 runs in the Group 2 Super 12 match in Sydney to register their second win of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

Virat and Suryakumar put on a 95-run stand for the third wicket to propel the Men in Blue to a score of 179/2.

Suryakumar, who was awarded the Player of the Match, said that he enjoyed batting with Kohli.

“I was just trying to express myself when I went into bat. The situation was very simple, I just had to up the tempo at that time. I took one ball today (to get going), but the message was loud and clear. We had to get about 8-10 an over and get a total which our bowlers could defend easily. Very happy with the way things went. Really enjoying batting with him (Kohli), the thoughts are very clear when we both are batting. If I get few boundaries earlier then our partnership needs to be stretched and that’s what we are doing,” said the 32-year-old in the post-match presentation.

Skipper Rohit Sharma said that after the high-intensity game against Pakistan, the team’s focus was to get the next two points.

“Lucky for us, we had a few days to get over that special win. As soon as the game got over, we came to Sydney and regrouped. We have to move on now, and the focus was on this game where we wanted to come out and get those two points. I thought it was a clinical win. Looking at the way they have qualified for the Super 12s, credit to them. We however always looked to what we can do with ourselves, not bother about the opposition. To be honest, this was a near perfect win.

“Yes, we played a little slow at the start but that was the conversation between me and Virat, we had to wait on that surface to play the big shots. Not too happy with my fifty, but what’s important is getting runs – doesn’t matter if they are good looking runs or ugly runs. At the end of the day, it is about keeping the confidence up,” he added.

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