Virat sacrificed his batting position for me: Suryakumar Yadav lauds Kohli
By SMCS - Nov 18, 2021 3:00 pm
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Suryakumar Yadav applauded former India T20 captain Virat Kohli after their 5-wicket win over New Zealand in the first T20I match, saying that he had sacrificed his No.3 spot and allowed Yadav to bat at that position in the team’s final T20 World Cup match against Namibia as well.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

However, Suryakumar Yadav made full use of the No. 3 position in the absence of Kohli, who had been rested for the three-match T20I series. Yadav scored 62 off 40 balls to help India win on Wednesday. Notably, Kohli will join the team in the second Test.

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“I am very flexible with the batting order. I have batted from opening to No7. I can bat at any position and I am happy with that. I still remember when I made my batting debut, he was the one who sacrificed his position and let me go at No. 3 when I played against England and he batted at 4. It was the same thing. He asked whether I want to go in so that I get some World Cup game time. It was really nice of him and I enjoyed coming back not out in that game,” Suryakumar Yadav said in the post-match press conference.

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“I am batting at No.3 for the last three years for my franchise (in IPL) so it was nothing different. I don’t try to do any different. I just am myself and try to enjoy the format. He has been really working hard in the working season. I have been watching him in the last two net sessions, before batting, he was bowling a lot with Paras [Mhambrey] and also having a lot of discussions with Rohit also. So you will surely see him in action. Today, I didn’t think there wasn’t any need for him to bowl because Rohit used all his bowlers really well and you will surely see him bowl in the coming games,” Suryakumar Yadav again shared.

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He was also asked about the role of batsmen in the Indian cricket team, considering the fact that most of them play at the top of the order for their respective franchises in the Indian Premier League. To which he had given a brilliant answer too. “I feel franchise cricket is completely different. When you come to the Indian team you got to be really flexible in your batting order. You have to be ready to bat at any position,” Suryakumar Yadav concluded.