Indian skipper Rohit Sharma lauded the bowlers for producing a sensational performance against England in the 29th match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. He said that it was a very special performance which one doesn’t see every day. Speaking of the performance of Indian pacers, Mohammed Shami scalped 4 wickets at the cost of just 22 runs in 7 overs, alongside three wickets picked by Jasprit Bumrah.
Other than these two, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav also picked 1 and 2 wickets, respectively. Rohit Sharma also appreciated the balance in the team in almost all the departments.
"You don't see that every day when you are defending such a total. Our seamers exploited the conditions very well, there was swing and lateral movement available (on the pitch),” said Rohit Sharma during the post-match presentation after India outmuscled England to register a massive win by 100 runs.
“We have got a good balance there. A couple of good spinners and seamers bring in their experience. When you have a bowling line-up like that, the batters must give them something to work with and show their magic,” he added later.
"Losing three wickets in the first powerplay isn't the ideal situation." - Rohit Sharma on India's batting
Furthermore, Rohit also spoke about India’s first time batting first and defending the target in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. He felt it was kind of a challenge for the men in blue in the tournament. Apart from that, he also felt that batters lacked a bit while batting first and setting the target for the defending champions England.
"Looking at how the tournament has gone for us, batting second in the first five games and then we had to bat first here, we were challenged. We knew the pitch had something in it and we had the experience in our bowling, so we wanted to get to a decent total,” he said.
“We were not great with the bat. Losing three wickets in the first powerplay isn't the ideal situation. You have to then create a long partnership, which we did. But then we just lost wickets, including mine,” Rohit acknowledged.