Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is extremely pleased with Axar Patel’s bowling effort but eagerly awaits to see him swing into crunch moments after the spin all-rounder impressed in the team’s second T20I win against Australia, on Friday. The left-spinner took two wickets — Glenn Maxwell and Tim David — and gave up just 13 runs in his two overs in the must-win game for the hosts.
“Axar can bowl at any stage, it gives me the advantage of being able to use the other bowlers in different situations too – maybe use the pacers in the middle overs when he bowls in the power play. I’d also like to see his batting,” said Rohit .
The skipper produced a match-winning, undefeated 46-run knockout himself. His first six were a massive 90-yard shot at pacer Josh Hazlewood.
“I was actually quite surprised too. I didn’t expect to hit it like that, glad it came out. I’ve been playing like this for the past 8-9 months. You can’t really plan too much in such a shortened game,” he said. him about his at bat.
“The bowlers had something to bowl on and we bowled well. The dew started to come in later, so we saw some full tosses from Harshal.” There is much talk about the condition of pacer Jasprit Bumrah. There was speculation about that after he didn’t play in the series opener.
Tonight he seemed to be getting his rhythm back, but Rohit said he and his team won’t be analyzing the pacer much at this stage.
“If I come back after a few months, the back injury could be tricky. I’m not going to talk too much about how he bowled. We got the crucial wicket for us. As a team, we’re not going to analyze too much. I just want him to come and enjoy,” he said.
He explained that he had Dinesh Karthik come for Rishabh Pant for a reason. Karthik was dealt only two balls and took a six and four to close out the game in style for India.
“Glad DK could finish well. It’s been a while since he’s had some time in the middle. There was some thought if we’d get Rishabh but I thought Sams was going to be casting off-cutters so I thought let DK come in And he’s playing that role for us anyway.”
Karthik explained his thought process while sitting in the middle: “As a midfielder, it’s about execution. It feels good to hit the winning runs. Rohit with the bat and Axar with the ball stood out, good to get Bumrah back to see. “
“We need to get the momentum going. 1-1 is a good score. You want to play those crunch games. But more importantly, we’re glad we put on a show for the public without injuries.”
Australian skipper Aaron Finch recognized India’s most important artists: Rohit and Axar.
“Rohit played brilliantly and two overs from Axar made the difference. Wade is a quiet customer at the back and he has grown into the role of that finisher. Zampa was good too.”
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