India managed to escape a defeat as they beat Afghanistan by 11 runs in a nail-biter at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton. Jasprit Bumrah starred with the ball bowling crucial few overs to return with the man of the match award. The Indian fast bowler credited skipper Virat Kohli for showing so much trust in him.
Kohli shows a lot of trust in me: Bumrah
It was one of the best matches so far in the ICC World Cup 2019 as India defended 224 runs in an absolute thriller. Mohammad Nabi brought all his experience to lead the chase with a half-century, but lack of partners at the other end forced Nabi to take unnecessary risk, thus throwing his wicket. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the Indian bowlers to take the match till the last over before Mohammed Shami finished off the proceedings with a hattrick.
Speaking at the end of the game, Jasprit Bumrah heaped praise on skipper Virat Kohli for showing trust on him. The top-ranked ODI bowler admitted that it was important to execute the plans properly and bowl stump to stump yorkers as the wicket was getting slower with the old ball.
“That gives you a lot of confidence if the captain has so much of trust in you, that gives you a lot of confidence to trust yourself and clear head in terms of how I want to execute. We saw that wicket was getting slower and slower with the older ball, you need to be more accurate and bowl stump to stump. This is a big ground and there was reverse swing, but you need to rely on your yorkers as well and play according to the situation,” Bumrah said.
It was important to back my skill: Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah admitted that Afghanistan posed a great challenge and he backed his skills which proved vital for India at the death overs. He also said that they have a healthy competition among the bowlers and discuss the plans and how to go about in the next matches.
“It was a tight game and I backed my skills. Sometimes when you run behind wickets, you don’t get wickets. We wanted to create pressure and take the run rate high. As soon as the required rate gets high, you get wickets. Gives us healthy competition in the side and we (bowlers) all discuss as what to do and how things are going. It’s a good sign when everyone is chipping in with the wickets,” he concluded.