IND vs WI: Venkatesh Iyer’s positivity rubbed onto me during first T20I, says Suryakumar Yadav

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IND vs WI: Venkatesh Iyer’s positivity rubbed onto me during first T20I, says Suryakumar Yadav

IND vs WI: India batter Suryakumar Yadav said that Venkatesh Iyer‘s positivity was inspiring to watch and the positive vibe rubbed off on him during the first T20I chase against the West Indies.

India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the opening T20I at Eden Gardens on Wednesday, with Ravi Bishnoi’s two-wicket haul and quality performances from Rohit Sharma (40) and Suryakumar Yadav (34*). Suryakumar (34*) and Venkatesh Iyer (24*) clinched India’s victory by six wickets with seven balls to spare.

“I think when Venkatesh Iyer came into bat, the way he came to bat, his positivity was completely different, that passed onto me. He started his innings with a boundary, I felt it was the perfect platform for both of us to finish the game,” said Suryakumar during a virtual press conference.

Talking about his own innings, Suryakumar Yadav said:

“I think it was very important for me to stay till the end and win the game for my side. And I have been in these situations many times, I used to get out earlier, and then I used to feel bad. I think the situation was perfect and I just needed to raise my hand and bail the side out. It happened, very happy to be on the winning side.”

When asked about Rohit Sharma’s positive approach to batting, the right-handed batter said:

“The entire world is watching how he is a class player. He has played for many years for India, he is just batting in the same manner he always has. When he bats in the powerplay, if his timing is right then he tries to accumulate as many runs as he can in the first six overs.”

Nicholas Pooran had earlier shined with the bat, scoring 61 runs to assist West Indies reach 157/7. Ravi Bishnoi and Harshal Patel each took two wickets for India.

“It was a good opportunity for Bishnoi to be playing against one of the best teams in T20I cricket, he responded really well, the way he bowled and backed himself, there was dew and it was not easy for spinners to grip the ball. He executed everything really well, when he was under pressure, he came back with his best ball. I think it was a perfect debut for Ravi Bishnoi and I am very happy for him,” said Suryakumar Yadav.

India has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, and the second T20I will be played at the same venue on Friday.

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