Suryakumar smashed six sixes and as many fours in his sizzling knock.
India captain Rohit Sharma said he had no words to properly describe Suryakumar Yadav’s 68 off 26 balls against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup on Wednesday.
Suryakumar smashed six sixes and as many fours in his sizzling knock to lift India to 192 for two, enough to secure a 40-run victory and a place in the Super 4 stage of the tournament.
“For the kind of innings he played today, words will be short,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation.
“We’ve seen it with him from time to time. He comes with that kind of hitting. He just comes out and bats fearlessly, which is what the team expects from him.
“Some of the shots he played today, those aren’t written anywhere in the book. It was really nice to see. His shot selection was also crucial. We know he can play all over the park,” Rohit was all praise for Surya.
India had a quiet start and their openers Rohit and KL Rahul failed to convert their openings.
But Virat Kohli held the innings together, scoring his first international half-century (59 not out off 44 balls) in over six months, even as Suryakumar provided the much-needed impetus in the back-10. The duo put together 98 runs in an unbroken third-wicket stand.
Suryakumar batted at No. 4, days after Ravindra Jadeja played a match-winning knock after being promoted to the same position.
“We have also briefed the group about this (flexibility in the batting order). Most of the guys are ready to take the opportunity and be ready to bat where needed.
“That’s the flexibility we need. We’ll take those opportunities. We will try to use the right pairings,” Rohit said.
Asked about his wide range of shots, Suryakumar said some of them were predetermined.
“Some of them (shots) were predetermined, this format is all about what you think and how you prepare before you go out to bat,” Suryakumar said after being adjudged player of the match.
“I felt the wicket was a bit slow. My plan was clear. My role was to come in and push the pace and just express myself, I loved it.” On adapting to different positions, he said, “You have to be flexible, you have to be equipped to bat at any number, and I have opened up as well. I’ve batted at all numbers. I really enjoyed it.”