Rohit Sharma bows down to Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah after win over Afghanistan

Published - 21 Jun 2024, 12:45 AM | Updated - 21 Jun 2024, 12:48 AM

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The first ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 stage match of Group 1 saw the clash between the Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan National Cricket Team at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados on Thursday, June 20. 

The Indian team delivered a great performance in the match to register a comprehensive 47-run victory. With the bat Suryakumar Yadav (53) and Hardik Pandya (32) shined and helped the side post 181/8 on the board. When it came to defending the total, Jasprit Bumrah (3), Arshdeep Singh (3), Kuldeep Yadav (2), Axar Patel (1) and Ravindra Jadeja (1) did a good job and bowled out the opposition team for 134 runs.

Speaking after the match, Rohit Sharma highlighted that the Indian team played quite a few matches in the Caribbean in the last few years which has helped them to prepare well. He stated:

"The last two years, we have come here and played some T20 games. We planned a little well. We adapted well to the conditions that were offered. We knew the class of our bowling lineup would defend this."

Rohit Sharma lauded his teammates next, saying that everyone is doing a brilliant job and he also gave a special shoutout to Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya. He stated:

"Everyone coming in and doing their job. That is something we keep talking about. Surya and Hardik's partnership was a good one in the end."

While talking about Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian captain said that they need to use the pacer smartly as he is a game-changer. Rohit Sharma said:

"We know what Bumrah can do for us. It is important for us to use him smartly. He is the one who is ready to take the responsibility aWhereverhereever he plays, he is always ready to take the responsibility. I got to assess the conditions. Looking at the opposition we are ready to make any changes. We thought three spinners would be good, we went for that. Going forward if needed, I am open to playing three seamers."

India vs Afghanistan Head-to-head Record

India National Cricket Team have been a team that have always dominated the Afghanistan National Cricket Team and the record speaks for itself. Before their T20 World Cup 2024 match, they played 13 games against each other across formats, and in all those games the results went in India's favor.

Speaking about the T20Is, India, and Afghanistan had faced off each other a total of eight times, since their first meeting at the 2010 T20 World Cup in Grost Islet. 

Out of those matches, the Men In Blue successfully won 7 games, including a victory in the double Super Over in January 2024, while one game between the teams was washed out. The match that was abandoned was the final of the Hangzhou Asian Games last year and the washout saw India bagging a gold medal based on higher seeding.

When it comes to ODIs, Afghanistan have played against India four times and never won any game while in Test cricket, the Asian teams played just one game where India handed a heavy defeat of an innings and 262 runs to Afghanistan.

Now after the conclusion of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 clash between the teams, the head-to-head record in T20Is stands at India 8 - Afghanistan 0, and in international cricket, it is India 14 - Afghanistan 0.

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