India decimated Bangladesh by nine wickets in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston on June 15. With this historic victory, India has made it to the finals and will be playing against Pakistan on June 18. People are already confident about India’s victory and are trolling the rivals.
People who saw the India vs Bangladesh match must be aware that Bangladesh’s team was going great at one stage with 154/2, but team India took a decision that changed the game completely.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, has credited former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for this game-changing decision. Kohli took a gamble to bring Kedar Jadhav to bowl and fortunately it worked really well. In his second over itself, Jadhav gave India a breakthrough. The bowler dismissed set batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim after their 121-run stand to get India back on track in the match.
In the post-match press-conference, Virat Kohli talked about this crucial decision and gave credit to Dhoni. He told the media that the decision was taken jointly. Talking about the decision to bring in the off-spinner at the crucial juncture, Kohli said,
Yeah, when moves like this pay off, I won’t take the whole credit. Obviously, I asked MS, as well, and we both decided that Kedar is a good option at the moment, and he bowled really well. Credit to him. Kedar doesn’t bowl much in the nets, but he is a smart cricketer. He knows where the batsmen get troubled, and if you can think like a batter when you are bowling, it’s obviously a bit of an advantage to any bowler. So I think that today he executed plans perfectly.
Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuveneshwar Kumar also stole the limelight with their fantastic performance in the matches. Here’s what Kohli said while praising them,
Well, they were outstanding. Especially, the last two games they have been terrific initially and in the later stages, as well, their wicket-taking ability is something that the opposition is aware of. So they are always careful going hard against these two guys, and yeah, their length after the Sri Lanka game has been impeccable. It’s been consistent, line close to the batsmen, always there with an opportunity to get a wicket, as I mentioned.
The Indian skipper further added,
Even in conditions which are not offering too much, bowling such lines that we can produce wicket-taking opportunities.
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