India has had a great start to their campaign for Asia Cup 2022. They defeated Pakistan in the opening encounter of the tournament by five wickets. And then registered a 40-run victory over Hong Kong in the season to qualify for the super-4 stage.
It was always going to be an easy match for the Indian team. Considering the gulf in class between the two teams, everyone knew what the result of the game would be. However, Hong Kong didn’t make it any simple for India. Their bowling attack was on top of the batters for the best part of the first inning.
Indian batters produced a master class, especially in the death overs, putting 192 runs on the board. In the process of doing so, they created and broke several records. Let’s take a look at some of them in this article.
Rohit Sharma became the first batter to score 3500 runs in T20I
The Indian skipper is not enjoying the best of forms in the Asia Cup. He was not able to capitalize on the start he got against Pakistan. And the story repeated in the second game, too, as he scored 21 off 13 balls.
He looked in fine touch but sadly couldn’t convert the start into a big score. Although during this inning he became the first batter in the history of T20Is to score 3500 runs.
Rohit Sharma is also the highest run-scorer in this format, with 3520 runs to his name.
Virat Kohli registers highest average in T20Is
Virat Kohli, who has been struggling for form of late, also came into the game with pressure on his shoulders. The former Indian captain took his time to asses the conditions. And ended the inning with a fifty to his name.
In the course of his inning, he played some great shots that made his fans believe that the player was back within golden touch. Something that has been missing for the past three years.
Kohli scored 59 off 34 balls and remained not out. This inning took his strike rate to 50.77, which is the highest in T20I cricket by any batter.
Suryakumar Yadav records highest individual total for India in Asia Cup T20
Suyakumar Yadav was the highlight of the Indian batting in the first inning. He came on to bat when his team was struggling to score run-a-ball. And the Mumbai Indian batter set the stage on fire.
He scored 68 off just 26 deliveries. Suryakumar smashed six fours and six sixes to achieve this feat. And took his team to a hefty total of 192 runs.
Suryakumar scored four 6s and 26 runs in the final over of the inning. With this, he also became the second highest run-scorer in an over for India after Yuvraj Singh.
The Indian batting looks excellent, with the middle-order coming to the rescue once again. The Indian fans will be hoping their players will continue playing in this spectacular fashion so their team can lift the 8th Asia Cup trophy.