Surya tells me he will take his chances, just wants me to be there: Virat Kohli | Cricket News


MELBOURNE: Virat Kohli has no qualms about playing second fiddle to Suryakumar Yadav. Because his younger India teammate tells him to, and more importantly, it “works beautifully” for the team, as the man, SKY for short, goes ballistic.
During the recent white-ball series against Australia, Kohli played second fiddle with Suryakumar turning the aggressor.
“It’s a great place to be when you’re batting 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 off the wicket and then, within 2-3 balls, he measures the wicket and then gets going.
“During our partnerships he says he’ll take his chances and just wants me to be out there with him. So I play a different role when I’m out there with him, which I enjoy because it works beautifully for the team.”
Kohli and Suryakumar added 104 off just 10.2 overs to chase down Australia’s target of 187 runs 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. T20 World Cup campaign with a clash against arch-rivals Pakistan at the MCG on Sunday.
For Rohit, who took over the captaincy from Kohli after last year’s T20 World Cup, this will be his first ICC event as the captain.
About his relationship with Rohit, Kohli said: “Our discussions are always about how we win big tournaments and then our planning and preparation is geared towards that. Ever since I came back to the team, the atmosphere has been very good.”

Kohli skipped India’s tour of the West Indies and Zimbabwe to take a six-week break after struggling with form. He returned to the side during the Asia Cup and went on to score his first century in three years against Afghanistan.
“Whenever there is this healthy camaraderie within the group, then you look forward to doing anything you can for the team. So, our understanding and vision for the game has always been the same,” he said.
“We always work to cover all the loopholes, no matter how small they are. We strengthen such aspects and move forward. It is very free-flowing and everything points to our main goal.”

“Everyone is relaxed and knows they are confident and prepared. It’s just how they handle the pressure that matters.
“In these times, we try to lead the group for big games and make an impact that the other kind of relaxes. Once that momentum sets in, then everyone knows you can ride that wave.”


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