The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma has showered praises for Suryakumar Yadav after his heroic knock against Australia while backing pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel to get their form back ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The men in blue won the three-match T20I series against Australia 2-1 after clinching a six-wicket win in the third match on Sunday. However, both Bhuvneshwar and Harshal were far from the best and kept on conceding runs in the series, ending with an economy rate of 12 plus.
During the post-match interaction, Rohit Sharma said, “It’s important that we give him (Bhuvi) that space because when you have a guy like him in the team and the quality that he brings, we know that he’s had more good days than bad days in the last so many years. We’ve been working on some plans, and hopefully, we can give him more options to bowl at the death. And then he’ll be as good as he was before.”
He further added, “From our side, we are trying to work out what are the things we can do, because when you’re bowling to the death you can’t be predictable. You need to have options to bowl on both sides of the ground and set the field accordingly. And for someone with that experience, it’ll be easy for him to grasp all that knowledge.”
Harshal Patel, who is coming off a long injury layoff, also struggled, conceded as many as 99 runs in eight overs in the three games, but Rohit said the death overs specialist is not being judged on this series.
Talking about Harshal, Rohit Sharma said, “Harshal is an important player for us without a doubt. Coming back after an injury is never easy. It’s not easy (to come back), so we’re not judging him on how he is performing in these three games, because we know his quality. He has bowled some really tough overs for us in the past and also for his franchise. I’m sure that you know he’s also trying to rectify those mistakes and he’s not too far from his best.”
While the batting unit performed well, the Indian bowlers have been struggling and the fielding of the side was also substandard. Suryakumar Yadav played a special 69-run match-winning knock to pave the way for India’s victory alongside Virat Kohli, who also scored a half-century in the third game.
Talking about the team’s performance, Rohit Sharm said, “Bowling is the main focus. Fielding is one aspect that will never stop. We want to keep improving as a fielding unit all the time. When it comes to Surya we all know his quality. He is just getting better and better. We were two down in the powerplay and to take the game away literally from the opposition was a fantastic effort and not to forget it. You know, Virat is on the other side as well. What a crucial partnership (between Surya and Kohli).”