Yesterday, October 2, was a special day for Suryakumar Yadav. Not only did India beat Bangladesh to boost their chances of a place in the finals, Suryakumar reached a career high by beating Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan to become the winner World’s first T20I leader. With 863 runs, Suryakumar sits atop the ICC rankings, followed by Virat Kohli at No. 10 as the only Indian batsman in the Top Ten.
Kohli and Suryakumar are the latest poster that has taken the internet by storm. Apart from the match-winning post-match bond, Kohli and Suryakumar have been very active in their interactions on social media. After India lost to the Netherlands, where the two batsmen shared another memorable partnership, Suryakumar posted a ‘Sur-Vir’ comment on Kohli’s Instagram post celebrating the win .
Now, as India cruised to victory over Bangladesh, the Kohli-SKY bromance set the internet on fire again. Every time India wins or loses a match, Kohli posts an Instagram post, as Kohli said “Creative and Belief” after India’s five-wicket win against Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, Suryakumar Yadav replied: “Hai ahi.”.
To this, Kohli responded by celebrating Suryakumar’s promotion as the world’s leading T20I batsman when he wrote: “@surya_14kumar bhau sabse upar #1”, which means ‘Up’.
Suryakumar and Kohli have produced some game-changing partnerships for India in the last couple of months. Kohli and Suryakumar scored an unbeaten 98-run match against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup, after a 104-run stand against Australia. The pair brought up another century with a strong stand of 102 against South Africa last month.
“He’s a very good friend, I really enjoy hitting him now, he just blows your mind. And tell me what delivery you can expect now from that shooter. ,” said Surya about his match with Kohli after the Netherlands tie.
“I think we respect each other’s game when we are batting together. For example, if I get some boundaries from one end, then he tries to change and keep the interest to looking for good shots. We’re just good at hitting him. Others and the shots he’s playing. We’re trying to run hard. So it’s really good and we’re really interested. I want to have a relationship with him.”
And once again, not surprisingly, Kohli and Suryakumar have hit all the right marks in the T20 World Cup. While Kohli, with three half-centuries from four games, is the tournament’s leading run-scorer (220 at an average of 220), Suryakumar, the T20I run-scorer with 897 runs, is 164 runs and two half-centuries.