IND vs WI: Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled at crucial stage, we believe in him, says Rohit Sharma

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IND vs WI: Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled at crucial stage, we believe in him, says Rohit Sharma
IND vs WI: Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled at crucial stage, we believe in him, says Rohit Sharma

IND vs WI: Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled at crucial stage, we believe in him, says Rohit Sharma

IND vs WI: India white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma praised Bhuvneshwar Kumar for bowling at crucial stage in the second T20I against the West Indies.

India defeated West Indies by eight runs in the second T20I, thanks to strong performances from Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant, as well as a spirited bowling performance at the death from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel. Bhuvneshwar conceded only four runs in the penultimate over, swinging the contest in the hosts’ favour.

“You are always a bit scared when you are playing against these guys. In the end, it was a phenomenal finish. Right from the start, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. But I am proud we executed our plans under pressure. It was very critical at that point when Bhuvneshwar bowled. That’s where experience comes into play. Bhuvi has been doing it for many years and we believe in him a lot,” Rohit told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

“We were a little sloppy in the field, a little disappointed with that. And we could have done better if we had taken those catches. We want to try and minimize those mistakes moving forward,” he added.

Kohli had earlier scored 52 runs to help India register 186/5 in the allocated twenty overs against the West Indies. With the bat, Rishabh Pant (52*) and Venkatesh Iyer (33) both contributed to India’s total of more than 180 runs. Pant and Iyer had put on a 76-run fifth-wicket stand.

India added 76 runs to their total in the final six overs, pushing their total above the 180-run mark.

“The way Virat started he took the pressure off me as well. It was a very important innings. And great finish by Rishabh and Venky Iyer. To see that sort of maturity from Iyer is very pleasing. He looks confident and towards the end, he asked me if I wanted to give him an over,” said Rohit.

With this victory, India has taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the three-match series, with the third T20I set for Sunday at Eden Gardens.