Rohit Sharma Hails Bumrah's Genius as India Triumphs Over Pakistan

India's captain Rohit Sharma lauded Jasprit Bumrah's brilliance after India's narrow victory over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. Bumrah's superb bowling restricted Pakistan's chase, while Rohit praised the entire bowling unit's discipline. Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam cited too many dot balls as the turning point in their loss.


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 10-06-2024 09:36 IST | Created: 10-06-2024 09:36 IST
Rohit Sharma Hails Bumrah's Genius as India Triumphs Over Pakistan
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India captain Rohit Sharma has termed Jasprit Bumrah a genius and hopes his lethal weapon will maintain top form throughout the T20 World Cup campaign.

Bumrah was instrumental in India's six-run victory over Pakistan, taking 3/14 in four overs, including 15 dot balls, defending a meager total of 119.

'He is going from strength to strength (Bumrah). We all know what he can do. Not going to talk too much about him. We want him to be in that mindset throughout the World Cup. He is a genius, we all know that,' Rohit said, praising one of India's top bowlers.

Rohit expressed confidence in India's ability to win the match, despite a challenging pitch for batting.

'With a bowling line-up like that, you feel confident to do the job. At the halfway stage, we gathered everyone and said what happened to us could happen to them.' However, Rohit admitted the team could have batted better after being 89 for 3 at one point.

'We didn't bat well enough. Halfway through our innings, we were in a good position. We didn't build enough partnerships and fell short with the bat,' Rohit said about losing 7 wickets for 28 runs.

'Every run mattered on a pitch like that. It was a good wicket compared to the last game.' 'Little contributions from everyone can make a huge difference.'

Bumrah, who has now won consecutive man of the match awards, said the pitch became easier for batting in the second half with the sun out. He emphasized the bowling unit's disciplined performance.

'It feels great. We felt slightly under par and the wicket improved after the sun came out. We were really disciplined in our efforts, so it feels good,' Bumrah stated. He mentioned the strategy of hitting the seam to get some lateral movement.

'I tried to hit the seam as much as I could, remain clear with my execution, and it all worked out well. I felt happy,' he added.

Both Rohit and Bumrah acknowledged the enthusiastic support they received at the Nassau Cricket County Ground.

'It felt like we were playing in India. The support was fantastic and gave us energy on the field. We focus on the present.'

'We've played two games well. We stick to our processes and aim to play excellently,' Rohit remarked.

Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam blamed the 59 dot balls they conceded during their chase for the loss.

'We bowled well, but in batting, we lost wickets consecutively and faced too many dot balls. We weren't up to the mark in the first six overs,' he said.

Discussing the strategy, Babar mentioned it was about playing regular cricket, with strike rotation and occasional boundaries. However, too many dot balls cost them crucially.

'Can't expect much from tail-enders,' Babar said, disagreeing with the view that the ball wasn't coming onto the bat.

'The pitch seemed fine, the ball was coming on decently. It was slightly slow with some extra bounce on certain deliveries,' he noted.

Pakistan now needs convincing victories over Canada and Ireland, and hope that the USA doesn't defeat either Ireland or India to make it to the Super Eight stage.

'We have to win the last two matches. We will discuss our mistakes but are looking forward to the following games,' Babar concluded.

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