Former India National Cricket Team all-rounder Irfan Pathan was highly impressed with the performance of the young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi in the blockbuster Asia Cup 2022 match against arch-rivals Pakistan National Cricket Team.
The 2nd Super 4 match of the Asia Cup 2022 was played between Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Babar Azam-led Pakistan National Cricket Team on Sunday, September 4, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Pakistan defeated India by 5 wickets to win round 2 of the battle between the teams.
Meanwhile, the young leg-spinner Bishnoi, who was playing his first Asia Cup 2022 match, bagged the wicket of Pakistan captain Babar Azam and finished his 4 overs with the bowling figures of 1/26.
After the India-Pakistan match, Irfan Pathan showered praise on Bishnoi for handling the pressure very well in the high-pressure game against arch-rivals.
“As far as the bowling is concerned, obviously this bowling unit needs to get better in many departments but I thought in the first half they bowled really well and Bishnoi, specially Bishnoi playing his first game that too against Pakistan in this Asia Cup, there was a lot of pressure.”
“But the way he handled the power play and got the prize wicket of Babar Azam it was fantastic to see. It is not easy, the pressure on the Indian bowlers during the game against Pakistan is a lot and Bishnoi had (has) handled the pressure very well,” said Pathan on the ‘Follow the Blues’ show on Star Sports.
Rohit Sharma is a fantastic leader – Irfan Pathan
The 37-year-old also praised Rohit Sharma for his captaincy in the game against Pakistan, saying that the 35-year-old managed his bowlers really well.
“A captain can be tested on two things especially how he handles the bowler, especially when the bowlers are new and when you are defending too. These two times you get to realise and I have seen time and again Rohit Sharma is a fantastic leader. He manages the bowlers really well, he knows when to play which bowler.”
“(He) 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 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 8 runs off his first two overs.”
“Rohit Sharma manages the team very well and I hope that when the whole team is back, having Bumrah, Harshal Patel we’ll get to see a better performance from team India which we want to see especially if you see it from the lens of the World Cup.”
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