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Team India Head Coach Ravi Shastri has lavished praise on the death bowling specialist Jasprit Bumrah for maintaining discipline with the white-ball which further saw the hosts clinched the three-match Twenty20 International series 2-1 on Tuesday night after the six-run win over New Zealand in a rain-curtailed game in Trivandrum.
“Outstanding temperament from Bumrah,” Shastri was quoted as saying by ANI.
In the third and final T20I game India was asked to bat first, and in reply, the unorthodox fast bowler Bumrah bowled brilliantly, as his figures read two for nine in two overs on a surface which didn’t look either easy to bat on after rain lashed the Kerala capital.
Interestingly, Shastri, who has closely followed the game from the commentary box after representing India in the top-flight cricket, remarked it was a thrilling game; as such games went on to leave you anxious particularly referring to the 20-over format.
“You’ll be lying if you say you aren’t tense. Such games can change in the matter of 2-3 balls,” Shastri asserted.
Soon after the game, Shastri admitted the side wanted to score 65-odd on the board while reiterating that in such fixtures, one has to give their best which includes the ground fielding, in a bid to play a significant role.
“After we lost a couple of wickets, our aim was to get 65. By no means, it’s a match-winning score, but if you field well and start well, the pressure is on the opposition,” Shastri added.
After the rain interrupted the start, umpires reduced the game to eight overs each side while considering the jam-packed Greenfield International Stadium.
The former cricketer further expressed excitement to see boys delivering well in the limited-overs series against the Kiwis and is hopeful to see his wards continue with such performances in the foreseeable fixtures.
“Boys saved the best for last in terms of fielding. There was electricity on the field. We thought we could defend it,” Shastri said,” Shastri further added.
The 55-year-old Shastri revealed Bumrah has been remarkable with the ball while relying on what he could deliver best owing to his bagful of tricks adding the latter has been realistic in approach when it comes to the fast bowling.
“He’s shown he’s got all the tools of the trade. But importantly, what he’s shown that he’s a thinking bowler,” Shastri maintained.
The ICC-ranked Number one T20I bowler Bumrah was adjudged Man of the Series after claiming three wickets in the shortest version of the game by containing the Kiwis batsmen.
The other example was from Rajkot when he conceded 23 runs in his four overs, as the game saw the 105-run partnership between Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, who smashed an unbeaten century.
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India batted first and posted the total of 67 for five, as Manish Pandey was the top-scorer with 11-ball 17.
In response, the Black Caps team was restricted to the total of 61 for six in eight overs.