The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma has acknowledged that he surprised himself with his knock against Australia in the second T20I on Friday, saying that he didn’t expect to hit it like that. In the rain-curtailed match in Nagpur, which was restricted to an eight-over per innings, India eventually won the match by 6 wickets owing to their skipper’s fine knock of 46 from 20 balls where he hit four boundaries and as many sixes.
Talking about his knock during the post-match presentation, where he won the Man Of The Match award, Rohit Sharma said, “I was quite surprised as well actually. Didn’t expect to hit it like that, glad it came off. For the last 8-9 months I have been playing like that. You can’t really plan too much is such a shortened game.”
The India skipper also talked about the presence of dew that kicked towards the Australia innings and also said he doesn’t want to talk too much about Jasprit Bumrah’s performance on his return to the team.
Rohit Sharma explained, “The bowlers had something to bowl to and we bowled well. The dew started coming in later, which is why we saw a few full tosses from Harshal. Coming back after a couple of months, the back injury can be tricky. I am not going to talk too much about how he bowled. Got us the crucial wicket. As a team, we are not going to analyze too much. Just want him to come and enjoy.”
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India’s captain has all kinds of praises for Axar Patel as well and said that he would like to see how the southpaw performs with the bat as well. The India skipper was also happy with Dinesh Karthik’s role as the finisher of the team.
Elaborating the same, Rohit Sharma said, “Axar can bowl in any stage, gives me an advantage of using the other bowlers in different situations too – maybe use the pacers in the middle overs if he bowls in the powerplay. I would like to see his batting as well. Glad DK could finish well. It has been a while since he had some time in the middle.”
He further added, “There was this thought if we should get Rishabh in but I thought Sams is going to bowl off-cutters, so I thought let DK come in and he is playing that role anyway for us. Groundsmen have been here since 1.30 pm to get the outfield read.”