Former India speedster Zaheer Khan has said that Ravi Bishnoi being given the second Super Over in the third T20I between India and Afghanistan was a ‘smart and brave decision’. The final T20I in Bengaluru on Wednesday (January 17) saw two Super Overs after both sides scored 212 runs in 20 overs. The first Super Over also ended in a tie before Ravi Bishnoi sealed the deal for India.
During a discussion on Colors Cineplex, Zaheer said: “I believe it was a smart and brave decision because you don’t have that much time in these situations. You have to back your instincts and thinking. So whoever was part of that think-tank, you need to praise them for sure. The second Super Over started very well, (India) started with a six. So it seemed like India would bat Afghanistan out, but that didn’t happen. They lost two wickets and didn’t even play the entire six balls.”
However, Zaheer Khan further shared that defending 11 runs was a tough ask for any bowler as well. He added: “After that, you had to take a big decision, about who would bowl. So that decision was taken very well because batters generally score 12 runs easily as the bowler makes mistakes due to the pressure on him.”
However, Zaheer Khan also applauded Ravi Bishnoi for bowling a match-winning knock over under pressure as well.
“Ravi Bishnoi came there and the way he started and picked up two wickets, you need to praise him as well, because he was bowling under pressure in a Super Over. He was oozing confidence. He was looking extremely calm. So that was one very good thing and secondly, the entire think-tank for taking that decision,” Zaheer Khan concluded.