Bastab K Parida
23 Oct 2022 | 02:51 AM

It's a great space to be while batting out there with SKY : Virat Kohli

In 34 T20Is, Suryakumar Yadav has stuck over 1000 runs at a scarcely believable strike rate of 176

After Virat Kohli marked his return to form with some explosive innings since the Asia Cup, one of the biggest glaring middle-order issues have been solved for good. Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav showed great synergy in their performance - while Kohli has mixed caution with aggression, Yadav has taken his chances to build momentum. India would desperately hope for the duo to work like the way they have in the last three months, but more importantly, would want the Mumbaikar to turn on the volume.

Even if this is Yadav’s very first assignment in Australia, nothing about his batting and innate confidence tells you about his nerves. In 34 T20Is, he has stuck over 1000 runs at a scarcely believable strike rate of 176. It allowed Kohli to play his own way - something the former Indian skipper is so excited about before India’s first game on Sunday against Pakistan.

"It's a great space to be while batting out 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 from the wicket and then, within 2-3 balls, he gauges the wicket and then gets going.

"During our partnerships, he says that he will take his chances and just wants me to be there with him. So, I play a different role when I'm out there with him, which I am enjoying because it works beautifully well for the team."

Indian fans are waiting for a long-awaited end to the trophy drought the Indian cricket team endured since 2013 and Rohit Sharma, in the press conference, spoke about the importance of it. Kohli further explained that the talk in the dressing room revolves around winning big tournaments and that he can feel the camaraderie in the side since returning the squad for the Asia Cup.

"Our discussions are always on how we win big tournaments and then, our planning and preparations are directed towards that. Ever since I have come back to the team, the atmosphere has been very good.

"Whenever there's 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 similar. We always work towards covering all the loopholes no matter how small they are. We solidify such aspects and move ahead. It's very free flowing and all pointed towards our main goal."

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