India player Suryakumar Yadav has uncovered the entire story behind his long gaze with Virat Kohli during a match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020, saying that the previous RCB skipper was going all out in sledging the opponents that evening.
It was the 48th match of the season, played in Abu Dhabi, and batting first, RCB had posted 164/6. MI, in reply, lost two early wickets however Suryakumar’s fifty restored MI and put the pursuit on course. There was a period in play when Suryakumar hit the ball to Kohli, who got it, approached the MI hitter, and gave him a long gaze.
Virat Kohli’s Sledging Was On Another Level: Suryakumar Yadav Remembers Clash Against RCB In 2020
Nonetheless, Kohli’s ploy of getting under Suryakumar’s skin didn’t function as the MI player played a shining knock of 79 off 43 balls and took MI over the line to dominate the game by five wickets. Surya has spoken about this episode in the past also however none was as detailed as the one he has shared at this point.
“That’s his style. His energy level on the ground is always different. And that game was extremely important for both teams so Virat’s sledging was on another level in that match. I was focused on myself, like ‘boss, you cannot lose focus and have to win the match at any cost’. The ball went to him and he made that action from there and it was very instinctive,” Suryakumar told actor, television, and cricket presenter Gaurav Kapur on his famous YouTube Show Breakfast with Champions’.
I Was Scared The Way Kohli Walked Towards Me: Suryakumar Yadav
During the instance, while Suryakumar did well to keep his poise and not answer Kohli, the batter reviews that he was in a manner scared by seeing Kohli strolling at him and sharing a long eye-to-eye connection. Suryakumar added that given the significance of the match, it was significant for him not to forget about the circumstance and try to avoid panicking.
“I remember I was chewing gum and inside my heartbeat is racing knowing that he is walking at me. He isn’t saying anything, I wasn’t saying anything. I was saying to myself ‘no matter what happens, do not say a word. It’s a matter of 10 seconds. After this, a new over will begin. This won’t last long. So the situation passed. I then saw him right after the match,” mentioned Suryakumar.
Suryakumar proceeded to have a fine season for MI, scoring 480 runs with the assistance of four half-centuries as Mumbai Indians lifted the title that year for a record fifth time defeating Delhi Capitals in the finals.