Indian Captain Rohit Sharma was in huge praise on his Mumbai Indian team Suryakumar Yadav. India defeated Hong Kong by 40 runs. However, a massive courtesy goes to Suryakumar Yadav. He stood not out smashing 68 off 26 balls. Thereafter, India made a direct qualification to Super Four.
While speaking of Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma told the broadcasters that this is nothing new from the latter. He has seen Surya showcasing such skills while playing both for Mumbai Indians and India as well. However, some shots Surya played against Hong Kong weren’t in any coaching book.
Suryakumar Yadav, popularly called the Indian 360° had hit 6 sixes and 6 boundaries in his innings. When Surya went put to bat at end of the 13th over, India were at 94 for 2. However, the Surya show changed the scenario. In the last 42 balls, he took Kohli with him and scored 98 runs.
Among the six sixers, 4 came in the final over when medium-pacer Haroon Arshad was bowling. Suryakumar indeed did a blistering job to put the pillar in between Hong Kong and India’s stories.
Surya showed his skill on that pitch where opening biggies Rohit Sharma And KL Rahul failed. Even Rohit can have mercy with the strike rate, KL Rahul literally scored 39 off 36 balls. Surya’s innings at the Dubai International Stadium has brought him some well-deserved compliments from his skipper.
In the post-match conference, Rohit Sharma said,
“Honestly the kind of innings that [Suryakumar] played today, the words will be short. Every now and then, he comes up with such kind of knocks. With the confidence he’s got, he’s going to come out and bat fearlessly, and some of the shots he played today, are not in the books. The shot selection was also crucial, we know he can play all around the park, and that’s what he did today.”
Rohit Sharma focuses flexible batting lineup
Well, one can’t forget about Virat Kohli too. He hit the tournament’s first half-century. It was he and Surya who added 98 runs for the 3rd wicket. Both of them stood not out and posted 192 runs on the board. However, the bowlers restricted Hong Kong to 152 runs bagging 5 wickets.
KL Rahul who was making a comeback too from his injury wasn’t impressive at all. One of the two sixes he hit came of a free hit. The skipper Rohit Sharma however gave a slight hope before he mistimed HK’s Ayush Shukla’s slower delivery. However, Sharma became the first one to bag 3500 T-20 runs.
Furthermore, Rohit Sharma, furthermore clarified that flexibility of the batting order is India’s main focus. He considered that as an utmost thing to set ahead of the T20 World Cup.
It was Ravindra Jadeja who at No.4 against Pakistan. Jadeja played a vital role in sealing a 5-wicket win for India. However, Suryakumar Yadav appeared at No. 4 against Hong Kong. India rested Rishabh Pant in their first match. However, he came back in the playing eleven in place of rested Hardik Pandya.
Rohit Sharma added,
“It (flexibility) is something we want to keep in our minds. We’ve also informed the group about this. Most of the guys are ready to take the opportunity and bat wherever they need to. We can talk about flexibility but you have to go out there and do it too. When we see the right match-ups, we’re going to try and use that.”
Moreover, Hong Kong and Pakistan will face each other on Friday. The winner of that game will play against India thereafter, on Sunday, in their first Super Fours match.
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