Rohit Sharma Lauds SKY, Hardik and Bumrah After India’s Victory


Following India’s 47-run victory over Afghanistan in their ICC T20 World Cup Super Eights clash, skipper Rohit Sharma praised the crucial partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya, as well as the top-class bowling performance by pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah.

An explosive half-century from Suryakumar Yadav and impressive bowling spells from Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh were key highlights as India kicked off their Super Eights campaign with a win at Barbados on Thursday.

In the post-match presentation, Rohit said, “The last two years we have played T20s here, so we understand the conditions and planned accordingly. We adapted well and got 180, which was a great effort from the batters. We had class bowlers who defended it perfectly.”

“Everyone came in and did their job, which is critical and we focus on that. SKY (Suryakumar Yadav) and Hardik’s partnership was crucial at that point, we needed someone to bat deep, which they did. We know Bumrah’s class and what he can do. It is important for us to use him smartly regardless of conditions. He is willing to take responsibility and has been doing it for years.”

On the decision to use a three-spinner combination, Rohit explained, “We have to assess conditions, opposition, and based on that we are open to making changes if required. We felt three spinners were good here. If it is seamer-friendly next time, we will go with seamers.”

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