IND vs ZIM: Picking up wickets is crucial, says Captain KL Rahul on India’s win
IND vs ZIM: The KL Rahul-led India defeated Zimbabwe with a crushing 10-wicket victory to grab a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series at the Harare Sports Club. Indian bowlers dealt the hosts an early blow when they chose to bowl first after winning the toss, as they lost half of the team for 66.
Deepak Chahar, a pacer, was the top wrecker with the new ball, returning with figures of 3/27 in seven overs. He dismissed the first three batters, and the Zimbabweans never again appeared interested in going after a high score. Mohammed Siraj and Axar Patel also helped with the ball after Chahar’s heroics, helping to dismiss the hosts for 189 runs in just 40.3 overs. Additionally, Siraj and Axar each claimed three wickets.
“Picking up wickets is crucial. There was a swing and seam movement as well. But it was good to see them put the ball in the right areas and be disciplined. For a few of us, it is great to be back in the Indian dressing room,” said India captain KL Rahul after winning the match.
In addition to having groyne and hamstring ailments, KL Rahul also had COVID-19. Since July 2022, all of this has prevented him from playing in international cricket. KL Rahul missed the home T20I series between India and South Africa as well as the subsequent trip of England and the West Indies.
“As good as it can be, I am on the field and I am happy. We do play a lot of cricket, injuries are going to be a part of it. Being away from the game is hard. Rehab and everything every day gets boring. We’d rather be playing 365 days than be with the physio,” explained KL Rahul.
KL Rahul, who was returning to the team immediately as captain, could not have wished for a better start as his team outperformed the hosts in all three areas of the game.