Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has lavished praise on Suryakumar Yadav after the batter played a sensational knock against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup.
Yadav was in devastating touch, scoring 68* off only 26 deliveries. He smashed 6 sixes and 6 fours in his knock and had a strike rate of 261.53. His knock helped India post a score of 192/2 on the board, as they beat Hong Kong by 40 runs to secure their passage to the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup.
Skipper Rohit Sharma was all praises for Yadav’s knock, saying in the post-match conference, “The kind of innings he played today, the words will be short.”
India had a sluggish start on a tacky deck against Hong Kong, with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli struggling to up the ante. When Yadav walked in during the 14th over, India were 94/2. But Yadav made his intent clear from the very off, helping India’s innings move up a gear.
Sharma stated that the role of the aggressor was exactly what the team management expected from Yadav. “We have seen that with him every now and then. He comes up with such kinds of knocks. He just comes out and bats fearlessly which is what the team expects from him,” the Indian skipper added.
Yadav has often been lauded for his ability to play outrageous shots and be a 360-degree player. Even the Indian captain alluded to this in the press conference, adding, “Some of the shots he played today, those are not written anywhere in the book. It was very pleasing to watch. Shot selection was also crucial. We know he can play all around the park.”
With the win against Hong Kong, India made it two victories in two at the Asia Cup. They won their first encounter against Pakistan, beating them by five wickets in a thriller. They are joined in the Super Four stage by Afghanistan. The winner of the Sri Lanka v Bangladesh contest tonight and the victor of the Pakistan v Hong Kong clash will decide the remaining two spots for the next stage of the tournament.