The Indian bowlers restricted New Zealand to a modest total of 132 in the second T20I and the batsmen chased it down with seven wickets and 15 balls to spare on Sunday. Reacting to India’s comprehensive win, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar described India’s performance as “ruthless”.
Akhtar also heaped praise on Indian bowlers, especially the two pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. He commended Bumrah and Shami for bowling aggressive lines and lengths which helped India restrict New Zealand to a below-par 132/5.
Talking on his YouTube Channel, Shoaib said, “Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami both bowled short-pitch deliveries and threatened the opposition batsmen with their well-directed bouncers. They both bowled with a great confidence which I never saw in them before.”
He further added, “In addition to looking to pick wickets, they also looked to instill fear in opposition batsmen’s minds.”
Apart from the fast bowlers, the veteran all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja was another stand-out performer for the visitors. In fact, he was the most successful and economical Indian bowler in the match.
Praising Jadeja’s contributions in the game, Akhtar said, “Ravindra Jadeja is someone who never lets you score runs easily as he deceives the batsmen with his variations and forces them to check their shots at the last moment.”
The 44-year-old fast bowler also came down heavily on the New Zealand side who as per him didn’t show enough resilience and surrendered in front of the “ruthless” Indian side.
He further added, “India is becoming a ruthless team as they once again proved it against New Zealand in the second T20I. What we are seeing in New Zealand is that the hosts have completely surrendered before India in the first couple of T20Is.”