Rohit Sharma hails SKY & Kohli, backs Harshal & Bhuvneshwar but admits ‘death bowling a concern’, settles DK vs Pant debate

India captain Rohit Sharma had all reward for ‘particular’ Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli, backed Harshal Patel, who’s making a comeback from damage, is hopeful that Bhuvnehwar Kumar will discover his groove quickly, however on the similar time admitted that demise bowling stays an space of concern for the group going into T20 World Cup.

Suryakumar Yadav’s speedy half-century led India to a six-wicket win over Australia with one ball remaining within the decider for a 2-1 collection victory. Yadav smacked 69 off 36 balls and placed on 104 runs with Virat Kohli off 62 deliveries as India scored 187-4 in 19.5 overs. Kohli hit a 48-ball 63.

Excerpts from Rohit Sharma’s post-match press convention

On the collection

We obtained no matter we wished from the collection. We ticked numerous packing containers. Sure, there can be some areas that we have to enhance. General, it was an excellent collection for us. We need to tighten in all departments. Our batting has been good within the final eight or 9 video games. We nonetheless need to be extra aggressive and extra medical and proceed to play with that aggression. Bowling is a priority. And fielding is one side we have to enhance as effectively.

On Suryakumar Yadav

With regards to Surya, everyone knows the standard. He can play photographs everywhere in the floor. That’s what makes him particular. he has been very in keeping with the bat. He has performed some impactful knocks for us. He has taken his recreation a notch increased, which is an effective signal. He has raised the extent of his ability units. He appears to be getting higher and higher each time he performs. At the moment was an distinctive inning. To come back out and play the innings, he performed. We had been two down within the powerplay, and to take the sport away actually was a incredible effort.

On Virat Kohli

To not neglect Virat on the opposite facet as effectively; what a vital knock. The 104-run partnership between Surya and Virat was key for us. The strain was on, chasing 180 plus after which dropping two wickets early, it was not straightforward, however they saved backing themselves.

On Harshal Patel

He is a vital participant for us. Coming again after an damage is rarely straightforward. He missed cricket for shut to 2 months. At any time when bowler goes by means of that damage section, they usually have to return again, it’s not straightforward. We’ve not likely judged him for a way he has carried out in these three video games as a result of we all know his high quality. He has bowled some actually robust overs previously and likewise for his franchise (Royal Challenger Bangalore). It’s essential to maintain displaying that religion. He’s additionally making an attempt to rectify his errors. He’s working onerous on his bowling, as I see within the nets. He’s not too removed from his greatest.

On Bhuvneshwar Kumar

With Bhuvi, it’s essential that we give him that area. Actually talking, within the final so a few years, he has had extra good days than dangerous days. Off late, his efficiency was not what he wished. However that may occur to any bowlers. It isn’t straightforward to bowl at demise. Now we have been engaged on some plans, and hopefully, we’ll give him extra choices to bowl within the demise after which he’ll be nearly as good as he was earlier than. I’ve spoken to him personally, and he’s not wanting confidence; I can clearly see it’s there. As a group, we consider in his means. He has performed the job for us previously, and some dangerous video games don’t change the very fact the form of high quality he possesses as a bowler.

Pant vs DK debate

I wished each of those guys to have numerous video games beneath their belt earlier than the World Cup. Within the Asia Cup, each of them had been within the fray to play all video games. I simply really feel that Dinesh wants a bit of extra recreation time so does Pant, however how this collection went, it was essential for me to stay to 1 batting line-up. I don’t know what we’re going to do in opposition to South Africa. We are going to first see their bowling lineup. If the state of affairs calls for that we want a left-hander, we’ll carry Pant, and if we want a right-hander, then we’ll play Dinesh. I really feel Dinesh hardly obtained to bat on this collection, simply three balls; that’s not sufficient time. We try to handle these two fastidiously. In the long run, you possibly can solely decide XI gamers.

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