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Rahul Dravid praises Rohit Sharma’s tactics in 2nd Super Over against Afghanistan
By SMCS - Jan 18, 2024 11:00 am
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Team India head coach Rahul Dravid applauded captain Rohit Sharma for his decision to go with Ravi Bishnoi over a pace bowler for the second Super Over of the third T20I against Afghanistan in Bangalore on Wednesday. In a thrilling battle that saw an international game decided by a double Super Over for the first time in the history of the game, where India scored only 11 runs in the second Super over yet, Rohit went ahead with Ravi Bishnoi who sealed the deal for India by picking up two wickets in three balls as well.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma scored his 5th T20I century

At the post-match press conference, Dravid said, “I think Rohit went with his gut, he went with a call… I think he felt that the spinner had a better chance to take those two wickets. It was one of games when 11 wasn’t probably a huge score and where you know that if they batted those six balls, with the power they had, they probably would’ve got the 12 runs. You needed to take two wickets. I think it was a great call from the skipper to go with the spinner.”

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In one of the most thrilling T20Is, India and Afghanistan both posted 212 in regulation, leading to a Super Over. However, the first Super Over saw both teams score 16, which resulted in another Super Over and there India emerged as the winner. And, Rahul Dravid praised Ravi Bishnoi for keeping his calm and bowling the perfect length to pick up two wickets in the second Super Over to help India register a memorable victory.

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi

“He could’ve gone for two sixes but I thought Bishnoi was brilliant, because he bowled two superb balls. He pulled the length back… if the length had gone slightly fuller, the way they were batting, on this small ground it would’ve gone for a six. I think it was really good gut call from Rohit to go for the wickets and be more positive rather than probably a safer option which people would’ve expected,” concluded Rahul Dravid.