Live Cricket News: Everything changed when Suryakumar Yadav entered the game against Hong Kong. In the 14th over of India’s batting, he hit spinner Yasim Murtaza with the opening ball of the game, sweeping it for a four. Since then, nothing has been the same. He followed it up with an identical shot in the following delivery to gather another boundary. The pressure was put back on Hong Kong, who had managed to strangle KL Rahul and Virat Kohli up until that point, and all of a sudden there were no demons on the field, the ball was coming onto the bat well, and Hong Kong was under no strain.
India’s total, which was at best starting at 170-175, soared to 192 for 2 at the end of 20 overs because of the genius of Suryakumar Yadav, who hit more than 50 runs in the final three overs. The right-hander finished with a score of 68 from 26 balls, including six sixes and six fours, for an unbeaten total.
Virat Kohli’s quiet but resolute 59 off 44 balls was largely overshadowed by Suryakumar’s superb innings, which received praise from almost everyone else. Shahid Afridi, a former Pakistani captain, was the most recent to be listed. The former all-rounder, who continues to hold the record for the most sixes in ODI cricket, admitted that he had tuned in to see Virat Kohli but was astounded by Suryakumar Yadav’s stunning display of strokeplay.
“Yes dekha tha, jo thoda time mila mujhe. Main Virat ki batting dekhne baitha hua tha. Wo kaafi time le raha tha. Usko bhi pata tha kitni zaroori hai uske lie ye. Aur performance chahe kisi bhi team k against ho, confidence toh milti hai age jake. Virat kaafi us tarha khela lekin jis tarha ye Kumar aya, ate hi usne pahle ball pe chouka, dusre ball pe chouka, bas wo ek positive frame of mind se aya hua tha. Wo licence leke aya tha ki mujhe koi ball rokni nei hai. (Yes I saw it in the limited time I got. I sat to watch Virat’s batting. He was playing slowly as he knew how importantr this innings was for him. It opposition doesn’t matter. It will always give you confidence if you score runs. So he was playing like that but when Suryakumar came in… he hit his first ball for four, then the second ball for four and came in with a licence to attack eveything),” Afridi said on Samaa TV.
In addition, the former Pakistani captain praised Suryakumar’s demeanour, saying the right-hander showed assurance even when he was taking singles.
“Body language is very important. You should appear confident even when you are taking a single, defending the ball or hitting a six. And the confidence he showed while hitting those big shots was superb. He entertained the crowd,” Afridi added.
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