The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli heaped praises for the fiery Indian pacer, Jasprit Bumrah for producing a mind-boggling spell of death bowling during India’s three-wicket loss in the first T20I against Australia in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Bumrah got Peter Handscomb caught behind for 13 and then bowled Nathan Coulter-Nile off the final ball of the 19th over to keep the game in balance before Umesh Yadav conceded 14 runs in the final over.
During the post-match presentation, Kohli said, “Bumrah can do wonders with the ball when it is reversing and did exceptionally well to get us in the game.” As India came agonizingly close to winning the series opener, a video surfaced on social media where Kohli can be seen advising Bumrah while deputy skipper Rohit Sharma watches on as a mere spectator.
Many fans on Twitter reckon that Kohli and Bumrah might have ignored Rohit as no one even tried to get his inputs during the match that went down to the wire.
— Jay Patel (@_imjaypatel_) February 24, 2019
Here are some reactions to the footage.
Vk Insulting Rohit by Changing his Idea in Front of Bumrah.. Captain should respect all other 10players idea in a team.. Over Head Weight..😏😏 #AUSvIND
— Troll Concepts™ (@TrollConcepts) February 25, 2019
— Ram's 🇩🇪 (@ChefDhungel) February 24, 2019
— 🌟 Satish Mahajan 🌟 🔥 🔥 (@Akki_Rohit45) February 25, 2019
Earlier, Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl. The Indian opener, KL Rahul scored 50 off 36 balls on his comeback before India suffered a collapse. From 76/1 after 9 overs, India managed to post only 126/7 in their 20 overs. The flamboyant Australian all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell’s half-century put the Aussies on top in the chase by bringing down the required rate under six.
However, the Indian bowlers conceded only 15 runs between 16-19 overs without allowing the visitors to score any boundary. But the Australian lower order got the required 14 runs required in the final over by hitting a couple of boundaries.
The second and final T20I will be played in Bengaluru on Wednesday.