It was Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who played his part in Jasprit Bumrah’s exceptional performance against the South African team in the virtual qualifier on Sunday at The Oval. It was Kohli who encouraged Bumrah to bowl Yorkers, bounces and all other tricks up his sleeve to make sure the opposition batsmen felt intimidated.
“If the captain has so much of confidence he gives you the full freedom so that at that time you can express yourself and have so many deliveries to use,” said the right-arm pacer during the post-match press conference.
The India-South Africa encounter was each of the team’s last game in Group B and the winner made it to the semis and the loser back home.
The result was in India’s favour as they beat the Proteas by 8 wickets. Jasprit Bumrah was the Man-of-the Match for scalping four wickets for 28 runs in the eight overs he bowled.
Bumrah explained that when the captain has confidence in his players, he backs them completely. Being in tune with Kohli, the death over specialist went out and did the same. He bowled brilliantly, keeping the batsmen guessing with his variations in and also claimed to the role given to him in the team. The 23-year-old’s primary aim is to contribute to the team. It’s Bumrah’s first visit to England and the wickets are not as he expected them to be. He also spoke about how he along with the other bowlers adapted to the alien conditions and changed their plans.
As long as India’s batting is concerned, the batsmen are doing a brilliant job by making sure India get to at least 300 batting first. India’s batting line-up is very long. And now with the bowlers also performing well, Bangladesh may have to put up their sleeves if they want to enter the finals of the tournament.