'It was a heart-warming gesture from him' - Suryakumar Yadav after Virat Kohli allowed him to take the centre stage post his blitzkrieg against Hong Kong

Suryakumar Yadav smashed an unbeaten 68 off 26 deliveries with six fours and as many sixes.

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India sealed their place in the Super 4 round of the ongoing Asia Cup with a comfortable win by 40 runs over Hong Kong on Wednesday (August 31). Suryakumar Yadav was the hero for the Rohit Sharma-led side as he smashed an unbeaten 68 off just 26 balls with the bat. Virat Kohli also batted well to remain not out on 59 off 44 deliveries. The former Indian skipper, however, was more in awe of Surya's knock in the middle.

After witnessing his blitzkrieg from the other end that helped India post a mammoth score of 192 runs, Kohli bowed down Suryakumar Yadav while going back to the dugout and also allowed the latter to take the centre stage. Surya has now opened up on the gesture from the 33-year-old saying that it was heartwarming. He also noted the experience Virat Kohli brings to the team and how important it was for him to stay in the middle till the end.

"It was a heartwarming gesture by Virat Kohli. Because I've never seen it. I saw him not moving ahead and said let's move ahead together. He has so much experience, I enjoyed batting with him. It is important to have someone experienced in a situation like this match. Because I may not have played so many games yet," Surya said in the post-match press conference.

I had to go at the crease and play fast, says Suryakumar Yadav

Talking about Suryakumar Yadav's knock, India were in a sport of bother when he came out to bat. A struggling KL Rahul was just dismissing with the scorecard reading only 94/2 after 13 overs. However, after went out to bat, India managed to add 98 runs in last seven overs and Surya's batting momentum led to Virat Kohli also playing some sublime shots who wasn't looking in great touch until then.

Opening up about his knock, Surya said, "The situation was such that I had to go to the crease and play fast. Because the wicket was a little slow in the starting, I talked to Virat Kohli, he said 'just express yourself and do as you bat'. My plan was also very clear on how to bat so it was fun."

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