The Indian deputy skipper, Rohit Sharma, and the leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal played a crucial role in Team India registering a win over South Africa in their India’s World Cup 2019 win over South Africa on Wednesday in Southampton. Chahal trapped the South African batsmen with his leg-spin, as he scalped four wickets for 51 runs in the match. Chahal’s spell restricted the Proteas for a modest total of 227. The Indian batsmen started off cautiously during the chase after Kagiso Rabada sent Shikhar Dhawan back to the pavilion on the score just 13 runs.
After the early dismissal, Rohit then took the responsibility of finishing the match and remained unbeaten after scoring his 23rd ODI century. Apart from Rohit and Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah did some phenomenal bowling as they sent back the South African openers cheaply.
After chasing down the total, Chahal along with other members of the team came down to congratulate the Rohit for his magnificent knock. Sharma shared a picture on his Instagram account of him shaking hands with Chahal. He captioned the post: “Well bowled Chahal babu, but apna daat sambhal le”.
The current form of both these players will be crucial for team India, as they gear up to take on Australia on Sunday at the Oval. While India has played just the one match in the World Cup 2019 so far, Australia has already defeated Afghanistan in their opening game and was playing the West Indies on Thursday.
After receiving the man of the match award, Rohit said, “There was something in the pitch for the bowlers throughout the game, so you had to play out the overs initially and see what the ball was doing. Couldn’t play my natural game. You have to take your time. Certain shots that I like playing, I had to cut out and play close to the body, and follow the basics properly – try and leave as many balls as possible on a pitch that is doing a bit. Building partnerships were key in this chase. It was a small total, but since there was something in it for the bowlers, it was tough and we needed partnerships.”