The flamboyant Indian batter, Suryakumar Yadav revealed after his fiery knock against Hong Kong that his range of shots molded since he used to play rubber ball cricket on hard cement. Suryakumar also added that he had no hesitation in expressing himself throughout the innings and decided to go berserk in the slog overs. India registered a comfortable 40-run win over Hong Kong s on Wednesday and Yadav played a heroic role for the team.
He played a fiery unbeaten 68 runs from 26 balls and his knock was laced with six fours and as many sixes. Speaking about his innings during the post-match press conference, Suryakumar Yadav said, “I used to practice those strokes before, when I used to play with my friends. We used to play a lot of rubber ball cricket on hard cement. It all has come from there.”
India was on 94/2 when Suryakumar walked in to bat. He helped India reach a huge target of 192/2 and orchestrated the win. The team then restricted the opposition to 152/5 with a collective effort from the bowling unit. Yadav revealed that the wicket was a bit sticky and they were aiming to reach a score of around 170-175.
Suryakumar Yadav in his classic method, scored runs in all parts of the ground, creating unique angles in the ground. Speaking at the press conference after the game, Yadav said that his shots were not premeditated.
The Indian middle-order batter explained, “The situation was such that I had to go and bat out in the middle the way I did. At the start the wicket was a bit slow. Once I got in and after a chat with Virat (Kohli), he told me just express yourself, bat the way you usually bat. My plans were absolutely clear on the way to bat…and I really enjoyed it.”
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At the end of the Indian innings, when Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav the two batters walked out of the pitch, Kohli bowed down to Surya and respected the player’s unique abilities. Asked about the same, Suryakumar said that he had never seen anything like that ever in his life.
The flamboyant batter elaborated, “That was a great heart-warming gesture for me because I had never seen that. I was wondering why he was not walking ahead, initially he was behind me (walking off) and then I told him, let’s walk together. He is such an experienced batter, I really enjoyed batting with him. That’s what I told him after the first innings and even after the match ended…that I really enjoyed batting with you. Our plans were clear, we talked a lot out in the middle, what to do in what situation, for eg what to do in the next two balls …it is vital to have that experience out in the middle because I have not played that many T20s compared to him (Virat Kohli). So it was great fun.”