Irfan Pathan applauds Ravi Bishnoi for dismissing Babar Azam
By SMCS - Sep 5, 2022 5:59 pm
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Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan praised leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi for outsmarting Pakistan captain Babar Azam in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup on Sunday. In the round two match between India and Pakistan, Bishnoi proved himself and he lived up to the expectations of the management as he struck in his very first over and bagged the big wicket of Babar for 14 runs as well. He tried to play towards midwicket but ended up giving a catch to Rohit Sharma as well.

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi

Pathan has said that he was impressed with the 22-year-old Ravi Bishnoi but added that the India bowling unit needs to do better in many departments after they failed to defend 182 runs.

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“As far as the bowling is concerned, obviously this bowling unit needs to get better in many departments but I thought in the first half they bowled really well and Bishnoi, specially Bishnoi playing his first game that too against Pakistan in this Asia Cup, there was a lot of pressure. But the way he handled the power play and got the prize wicket of Babar Azam it was fantastic to see. It is not easy, the pressure on the Indian bowlers during the game against Pakistan is a lot and Bishnoi has handled the pressure very well,” Irfan Pathan said while speaking on Star Sports show ‘Follow the Blues’.

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi

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In the Super Four match on Sunday (September 4), Virat Kohli scored 60 off 44 balls to help India post 181 runs for the loss of seven wickets after India openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got off to a firing start. However, while chasing, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz, who was promoted to No.4, played the match-turning innings as well and their 73-run stand for the third wicket sealed the deal.