Under the leadership of Suryakumar Yadav, the India National Cricket Team beat the Australia National Cricket Team by 2 wickets in the first T20I of the five-match series on Thursday, November 23, at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
Bowling first, India conceded 208 runs as the wicketkeeper-batter Josh Inglis slammed a sensational century. Inglis showed sheer class and smashed 110 runs. Chasing the target, Suryakumar Yadav (80) and Ishan Kishan (58) played wonderful innings and then Rinku Singh (22) provided the finishing touches to help India win and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Speaking after the match, Suryakumar Yadav said that he was happy with the performance of his players and was proud to lead India. He elaborated:
“Very happy with the way the boys played. Was very happy with their energy, we were put under pressure but the way everyone showed up was amazing. It’s a proud moment, very proud moment, everytime you play, you think about representing India but coming out here and captaining India is a big moment.”
Was great to see Rinku Singh – Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav lauded his bowlers for restricting Australia to an achievable total. He said:
“Thought there would be a little bit of dew but there wasn’t. It isn’t a big ground and I knew batting will get easy. Thought they might get 230-235 but the bowlers did really well.”
Suryakumar Yadav further said that the message from him to his players was just to express themselves on the field. He said:
“Just enjoy and express yourself. We’ve been in such situations many times in franchise cricket, just told Ishan to enjoy himself. We knew what was going to happen. I left the luggage of captaincy in the dressing room. I try to enjoy my batting. The atmosphere was amazing, thanks to the crowd. Was great to see how the boys kept their nerves.”
Suryakumar Yadav signed off by showering praise on Rinku Singh for his terrific performance and last-ball six. He said:
“Was great to see Rinku, the situation was tailor-made for him. He was calm and collected, which calmed me down a little bit. Incredible achievement from the bowlers to restrict them to this total after the 16th over.”
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