Virat Kohli heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah for producing a breath-taking spell of death bowling during India’s three-wicket loss in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) against Australia in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Bumrah got Peter Handscomb caught behind for 13 and then bowled Nathan Coulter-Nile off the final ball of the 19th over to keep the game in balance before Umesh Yadav conceded 14 runs in the final over.
“Bumrah can do wonders with the ball when it is reversing and did exceptionally well to get us in the game,” Virat Kohli said after the game. As India came agonisingly close to winning the series opener, a video surfaced on social media where Kohli can be seen advising Bumrah while vice-captain Rohit Sharma watches on as a mere spectator.
Many fans on Twitter believe that Kohli and Bumrah might have ignored Rohit as no one even tried to get his inputs during the match that went down to the wire.
With 16 runs to win from 12 balls with 5 wickets in hand, captain Virat Kohli turned to Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the 19th over of the Australian innings. At one point in the duration of that over, there seemed to be a field change that was being mulled. The discussion seemed to be between the bowler and vice-captain Rohit, who was standing at mid-off. Just then, the captain came in and had a brief conversation with Bumrah pointing to a few places on the field and indicating the gap between the fielders. He subsequently left without consulting with Rohit Sharma, who stood there for a few seconds, seemingly bemused by the captain’s snub.
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Bumrah went on to bowl a fantastic over starting with a slower delivery that the batsman, Peter Handscomb, played and missed. He followed it up with a quick delivery which angled into the batsman and he managed to get a single. The next ball to Nathan Coulter-Nile was a dot and the fourth ball of the over yielded just one run. Suddenly the equation was 14 runs from 8 balls forcing Peter Handscomb to go for a big shot and he perished. Bumrah followed Handscomb’s wicket with that of Coulter-Nile with a trademark Yorker finishing with figures of 3-16 in his quota of 4 overs.
Check out some of the reactions :
— Subbu (@Subuars) February 25, 2019
— Anurag (@anuragstan18) February 24, 2019
By the way this is not the first time Rohit Sharma involved in such occasion. Earlier fans believed Ravichandran Ashwin ignored Rohit Sharma while he approached for handshake.
Some ploy against rohit??
Earlier ashwin now bumrah…
— Puneet B (@OnestoPuneet) February 24, 2019
Do you also think that Virat ignored him intentionally ?? Comment your views below !!