Architect of India's 40-run win over Hong Kong, middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav was left humbled by the "heartwarming" motion from former skipper and top-order batter Virat Kohl.
Suryakumar slapped six sixes and as many fours in his superheated 26-ball 68-run knock against Hong Kong at the Dubai International Stadium, helping India seal a place in the Super Four stage.
His startling innings outweighed the 44-ball 59 innings by Kohli, who bowed to Suryakumar in gratitude and glanced towards the dressing room, saying 'Kya hai yeh' [What is he?) after the Indian innings concluded.
"It was a heartwarming gesture from Virat Kohli. I have never experienced it. I was wondering why he wasn't walking ahead and then when I realised.
I asked him to walk together. He is much more experienced than me," Suryakumar stated during the post-match press conference. He contributed to a 98-run with Kohli, lifting India to 192/2.
"I enjoyed a lot batting with him. We talked about how to go about in the next few balls. He is such an experienced, and I haven't played many T20Is.