It has been nine years since India won an ICC event and all eyes are on the coveted trophy as Rohit Sharma and Co begin their T20 World Cup campaign with a clash against arch-rivals Pakistan at the MCG on Sunday
India’s Suryakumar Yadav bats during a practice session in Melbourne on Saturday. Pic/BCCI
Virat Kohli has no qualms playing second fiddle to Suryakumar Yadav. Because his younger India teammate tells him to do so, and more importantly, it “works beautifully” for the team as the man, acronymed SKY, goes ballistic.
During the recent white-ball series against Australia, Kohli played second fiddle with Suryakumar turning the aggressor.
“It’s a great space to be while batting out there in the middle with SKY,” Kohli said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Live’.
“He has a lot of fun in the middle because of his skills and ability. He just asks how the ball is coming from the wicket and then, within two-three balls, he gauges the wicket and then gets going.
“During our partnerships, he says that he will take his chances and just wants me to be there with him. So, I play a different role when I’m out there with him, which I am enjoying because it works beautifully well for the team.” Kohli and Suryakumar added 104 off just 10.2 overs to chase down Australia’s 187-run target in the final T20I in Hyderabad last month.
It has been nine years since India won an ICC event and all eyes are on the coveted trophy as Rohit Sharma and Co begin their T20 World Cup campaign with a clash against arch-rivals Pakistan at the MCG on Sunday.
For Rohit, who had taken over the captaincy from Kohli following last year’s T20 World Cup, it will be his first ICC event as the skipper.
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