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IND vs ZIM: When Surya is there, there is nothing to worry about… Captain Rohit is convinced of this stalwart

Melbourne: Indian captain Rohit Sharma heaped praise on Suryakumar Yadav, the hero of victory in the T20 World Cup match against Zimbabwe. After the match against Zimbabwe, captain Rohit said that he can be comfortable in the dugout when he is batting. Suryakumar, living up to his reputation as the number one T20 batsman in the world, played another fine innings as India beat Zimbabwe by 71 runs to top their group to advance to the semi-finals where they will face England.

Rohit said after the match, ‘When he is batting, he can be comfortable in the dugout. When he bats, he plays with a lot of restraint. Suryakumar played an unbeaten 61 off 25 balls before KL Rahul scored a half-century as India scored 186 for five. In reply, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 115 runs in 17.2 overs.

Rohit said, ‘What Suryakumar is doing for the team is extraordinary. He starts playing his natural game as soon as he gets to the crease and takes the pressure off the other players. We are well aware of his ability and with him at the crease, the batsman at the other end can play comfortably. The Indian captain said of the match, ‘It was a very good all-round performance as we wanted. We had qualified but we wanted to play the game we wanted to play and that’s what we did.

Rohit said it would be important to adjust to the conditions as soon as possible for the semi-finals at the Adelaide Oval. “It will be important for us to adjust to the situation at the earliest,” he said. We played a match there but we have to adjust as soon as possible. England have a good team and it will be a great match.

The cricket world may have become crazy about Suryakumar Yadav’s batting but the man of the match batsman said that he does not try to do anything different and tries to bat according to the strategy. Suryakumar said, ‘When Hardik Pandya and I were batting, I think the strategy was clear. He said play positive and see where we reach. We started hitting the ball well and didn’t stop till the 20th over.

“My strategy is always clear. I don’t try to do anything out of the ordinary. The way I bat in the nets, I also play in the match. Zimbabwe captain Craig Irvine said his team had lost their way after playing well at the start of the tournament. Zimbabwe had made a big upset by defeating Pakistan in the beginning.

He said, ‘I think we could have changed our strategy. Surya Kumar batted really well in the end and played Richie’s yorker well which was a key part of our strategy. There we could have modified it a bit.

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