In the first ODI on Tuesday (January 10), India defeated Sri Lanka by a score of 67 runs thanks to their top order and bowling attack. In order to help India post a massive total on the board, Virat Kohli scored his 45th ODI century while Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill delighted with flashy fifty-plus scores. In response, the guests never seemed to pose a threat to India in their pursuit of 374, and if it weren’t for their skipper’s unbeaten hundred right at the end, they would have lost by a bigger margin.
The former India captain praised India’s new middle order sensation Suryakumar Yadav for his recent batting prowess after he scored his 45th ODI century and 73rd overall in international cricket in what was his first innings of 2023.
“I want to congratulate you on all the amazing things you’ve been doing,” Kohli said to Surya in a BCCI video after the first ODI vs Sri Lanka in Guwahati. “Honestly hum log toh itne saal se lage huye hai but what you are doing is something that I haven’t seen before. You are creating a different template. You are creating a different energy. I can see in the crowds when you go, there’s genuine love and genuine affection because of the way you are playing,” said Kohli.
Of mutual admiration 🤝, dealing with expectations & starting the year with a glorious 💯
A conversation that will brighten up your Wednesday morning as @surya_14kumar chats with centurion @imVkohli 😃- By @ameyatilak
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— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2023