Former India captain Virat Kohli has been part of few of those knocks and Suryakumar revealed one of his out-of-the-world reaction during one of their partnerships.
Suryakumar Yadav has been in explosive form in T20 cricket throughout 2022, the year that saw him rise to the No.1 ranking spot in ICC T20I battings chart. What made his T20I numbers for the year look threatening wasn’t his run tally of 1164 runs, which was the highest in 2022, but his ability to hit at a strike rate of 187.43 and average 46.56 at the same time. His tally also includes nine fifties and two centuries. Former India captain Virat Kohli has been part of few of those knocks and Suryakumar revealed one of his out-of-the-world reaction during one of their partnerships.
The combination of Kohli and Suryakumar has been the highest run getters as pair in T20Is in 2022, scoring 535 runs in 11 innings with two century stands and two fifties. Five of those stands were during the T20 World Cup earlier this fall in Australia which had included a sensational 95*-run stand against Netherlands.
“Once I was batting with Virat (Kohli) bhai, and he came and told me “tu video game khel raha hai kya? Alag chal raha hai tera bhi (Are you playing video games? You are at a different level).” It felt nice to hear these things,” he revealed during an interview with Indian Express.
Suryakumar also revealed that India skipper Rohit Sharma, who has followed his rise closely through their Mumbai Indians days, had already given him the freedom to go and express himself in white-ball formats.
“Rohit (Sharma) is the only one who has seen me for a very long time. But this season, he saw so many knocks that a time came when he didn’t tell me anything. In a few games, he said ‘mujhe ab kuchh bolna nahi abhi tere baare mein (Now I don’t have anything to say about you)’,” he added.