The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma had no words to describe an epic knock from Suryakumar Yadav on Wednesday, as the latter showed immense confidence and commitment. Rohit also discussed India’s approach in terms o batting order and the team’s overall performance in the game. With the 40-run victory against Hong Kong, the men in blue have comfortably reached the Super Four phase of the Asia Cup.
Eventually, India managed to have a comfortable win after the impressive batting performance. Rohit Sharma set the stage well with an aggressive 21. At the same time, KL Rahul played a slow knock, but Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav increased the momentum later on. The duo ended up with a 98-run partnership off just 48 balls, setting up a commendable target of 193 which proved to be too big for Kong Kong.
Talking about India’s performance, Rohit Sharma said, “We batted pretty well to start with, and got to a very good score at the end, and came out and bowled reasonably well. Thought we could have done slightly better with the ball.”
Suryakumar Yadav was the man of the match for his extraordinary knock of 68 off 28. While all other batters struggled to get going, the Mumbaikar struck six sixes and as many fours to take India to a match-winning total. The number three ranked batsman in the world was at his vintage best, smashing the ball to all parts of the ground.
Talking about his knock, 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, they 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.”
Interestingly, Yadav was restored to his usual number four position having lost out to Ravindra Jadeja in the first game. Sharma admitted that a dynamic batting order was crucial to the team’s plans.
The Indian skipper explained, “[Flexibility] It 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.”