Irfan Pathan, a former all-rounder for the Indian cricket team, expressed his admiration for the bowling alterations that Rohit made during the Asia Cup Super 4 match against Pakistan.
On Sunday, Rohit Sharma’s team lost to Pakistan in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup. Rohit Sharma was the captain for the losing side. Team India was unable to defend its score of 181 runs against Pakistan in the final over of the match, which led to Pakistan’s victory.
All eyes will be on Rohit to see how he directs the Indian side in their next matches against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, which India is under intense pressure to win. Irfan Pathan, a former all-rounder for the Indian cricket team, said that he was impressed by the bowling alterations that Rohit made during the Super 4 match against Pakistan.
“The way a captain deals with the bowler, particularly when the bowlers are inexperienced or when the team is defending, is one of the most important aspects that will be evaluated.
These two opportunities provide you the chance to realise, as I already knew going in, that Rohit Sharma is an outstanding manager. He does an excellent job of managing the bowlers, as he is aware of when to use which bowler “Irfan Pathan was quoted as saying this on Star Sports.
“Made Bishnoi bowl an over during the power play, he had taken a wicket but he still kept him waiting, did not let him bowl another over, and got him again after Chahal’s over as he knows that Bishnoi is a different kind of bowler, not a typical leg spin bowler, doesn’t bowl side arm so it was difficult for Pakistan to read his bowling style that is why he had given just eight runs off of his first two overs.
The team is very well managed by Rohit Sharma, and I have high hopes that when everyone is healthy again, including Bumrah and Harshal Patel, we will be able to witness the improved performance from the Indian cricket team that we are hoping to witness, especially when viewed through the lens of the World Cup.”
However, it was left-handed batsman Nawaz, who is better known for his orthodox left-arm spin, who delivered the deciding knock of the match. In the encounter on Sunday, Pakistan was chasing a difficult mark of 182, and the ever-reliable Mohammed Rizwan (71 off 51 balls) anchored the Pakistan innings.
His 42 runs off of 20 balls was something that India didn’t factor in, and there was no gameplan for him as Khushdil Shah and Iftikhar Ali finished off a well-deserved victory with a ball to spare. His runs came off of 20 balls.
In the middle of the Indians’ innings, a partnership between Rizwan and Nawaz that scored 73 runs in only 6.5 overs caught them off guard.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya, the two bowlers who were superb in the group stage encounter against Pakistan, were off-colour on the day as Nawaz took both of them to cleaners. Nawaz got 43 and 44 wickets in four overs for Yuzvendra Chahal and for Hardik Pandya respectively.
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