Off-spinner Jayant Yadav has lauded Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma for making use of bowlers judiciously according to the situation. Fortunately, things have gone in their way for most of the times which eventually saw them making it to the finale of the IPL 2019.
Rohit Sharma as a leader:
In the all-important game, Rohit has made well use of his bowlers owing to the powerplays. Interestingly, Rohit has shuffled his bowlers which further saw as many as five bowlers bowling in first six overs.
“Rohit, I think has been brilliant with that and it was just one of those occasions when he juggled his bowlers to the best situation,” Jayant said during a post-match press conference.
On Tuesday (May 7), Indians have thrashed reigning champions – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at their own den by six wickets.
In the particular game, Jayant managed to pick the wicket of Suresh Raina owing to a caught and bowled chance. The spinner was specially roped in the playing XI when considering the slow nature of the Chepauk wicket.
“I played in Chennai because the track offers spin here. I came in as the extra spinner. My match-up was against the left-handers and bowling in the powerplays. It was a tactical decision which came off in the end,” Jayant further added.
Mumbai tie-up CSK batsmen in the powerplay overs:
Jayant has played two matches in this edition as he further revealed his role was to ask questions to the left-handed batters in the powerplay overs.
“I think in the power play, the batsman cannot get used to you because if he understands what you are trying to do in different deliveries, he can really size you up because of the field restrictions,” Jayant added.
On a surface where the ball turned too much, Jayant conceded 25 runs in his three overs as Indians bowlers restricted hosts to 131 for four in 20 overs.
Indians rode on Suryakumar Yadav’s brilliant 54-ball 71. On the other side, Ambati Rayudu, who looked struggling, scored 37-ball 42.
It was evident that CSK batters had struggled to get better off Mumbai’s spinners including Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya.
Over, spinner managed to bag four wickets while conceding 60 runs off 66 deliveries.
“I think their spinners also bowled really well. It was just that they were batting first and had to put up a total. When Jaddu or Imran was bowling, there was adequate turn. The advantage that we had was we knew after 11 overs we were chasing just around six runs an over. That played a part,” Jayant stated.
Indians will face the winners of qualifier second on May 12 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.