Last Update on: February 17th, 2022 at 01:34 pm
Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav was happy to be present at the end of the first T20I, stating that he has felt bad in the past after being unable to finish off games in a winning position.
Last night against the West Indies, Suryakumar paired up with Venkatesh Iyer to stitch a 48-run stand for the fifth wicket. It helped India scale the target of 158 and take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series.
“I think it was very important for me to stay till the end and win the game for my side. I have been in these situations many times, and whenever I have got out leaving 20-25 runs behind, I have felt bad after going back to the hotel. The situation was perfect tonight,” Suryakumar said in the post-match media interaction.
The pressure was building in the run chase as India needed 32 runs in the last four overs. Iyer couldn’t find his timing initially but once Suryakumar struck a classy cover drive, things changed.
“Entire world is watching how he is a class player” – Suryakumar Yadav on Rohit Sharma
Indian captain Rohit Sharma continued his merry ways with the bat as he scored a brisk 19-ball 40 at the top to set the platform up. He perished in an attempt to garner quick runs but the start he provided ensured India was always ahead in the run chase.
“The entire world is watching how he is a class player. He has played for many years for India, he is just batting in the same manner he always has. When he bats in the powerplay, if his timing is right then he tries to accumulate as many runs as he can in the first six overs,” he added.
“Whenever Rohit needs me, I am there…I am trying it. Whenever we turn up for practice sessions, we bowl at the nets. We don’t have a lot of bowlers in the end when our bowlers bat,” Suryakumar revealed.
The six-wicket victory does inspire confidence as it was also the seventh win in a row for India in T20Is. The second game will take place on Friday at the Eden Gardens.