T20 World Cup: We’ve prepared Arshdeep Singh for death overs in Bumrah’s absence: Rohit Sharma

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India skipper Rohit Sharma said the team has prepared star bowler Arshdeep Singh for death overs in the absence of injured Jasprit Bumrah.

According to Rohit,  the choice was between Arshdeep and his Mohammed Shami.

“Arshdeep, when he came into the scene, we asked him to do the death overs for us. With Bumrah not there, it was a tough job for someone to take up. For a young guy to come and do that kind of a job is not easy, we’ve prepared him,” Rohit said

The 23-year-old left-arm seamer played a criucial role in the five-run win over Bangladesh on Wedenesday continuing his impressive run.

Needing 20 off the last over, Arshdeep showed ice-cool temperament despite Nurul Hasan hitting him for a six and a four and bowled a couple of perfect yorker length deliveries to seal the tie for India.

“He’s been doing it for 8-9 months. I had to back someone who had been doing it regularly, it was a choice between Shami and Arshdeep,” Rohit added.

Needing 151 in 16 overs as per the revised target after the brief spell of showers, Bangladesh managed 145 for 6 in the end.

“I was calm and nervous at the same time, but it was important to stay calm as a group to execute. Shortened games can go either way, but we held our nerves well after the game started, it was a good win in the end,” Rohit said.

Speaking about Kohli, who has been having a great tournament not long after enduing a prolonged lean patch, Rohit was full of praises.

“In my mind, Kohli was always there. It was just a matter of few innings here and there, and he hasn’t looked back since the Asia Cup. The guy has so much experience.”

Regarding Rahul, who returned to form with a 32-ball 50, Rohit said, “The way KL batted as well, it was important for him and the team. We know what sort of a player he is at the top of the order.

“Some of the catches we took today was great to watch. When you’re playing in front of a big crowd it’s not easy. To take those catches, it shows the character of the guys. I have no doubts over our fielding abilities.

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