Kohli’s superb 62 not out was his second consecutive unbeaten half-century after a blitzkrieg in India’s win over Pakistan on Sunday and it was Suryakumar’s turn to go ballistic against the Dutch as he smashed a 25-ball 51.
Suryakumar said he batted with Kohli after their unbeaten 95-run stand in 48 balls lifted the 2007 champions to 179-2, a total that proved too much for the Netherlands.
“I feel we respect each other’s game. For example, if I get few boundaries from one end, he tries to turn and keep the intention to look for good shots,” Suryakumar said.
“It’s just the respect we have for each of us when we bat together. We just enjoy batting with each other and what shots he plays. We try to run as hard as we can.
“So it’s a great thing, and I’m really looking forward to having more partnerships with him.”
While Kohli can explode at any moment, his strength lies in constantly picking up runs, but Suryakumar – who made 867 runs in 2022 at a strike rate of more than 180 – said his approach was more straightforward.
“I look for boundaries, try to hit the gaps and run hard. When you bat with Kohli, you have to run hard too,” said Suryakumar.
“He just clears your mind. When I was batting and when I was a bit confused… he came to me and told me what kind of delivery you can expect from that bowler.
“It’s very good camaraderie.”