Virat Kohli hints at uncapped bowler being “surprise package”: The Indian captain was vocal about the combination for the showpiece event.
A “contended” India captain Virat Kohli disclosed why India played all-rounder Washington Sundar over Ravindra Jadeja in the recently concluded second T20I against Sri Lanka in Indore. Speaking during the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli highlighted the presence of more left-handed batsmen in the opposition team.
“I think they [Sri Lanka] have a lot of left-handers and the idea was about match-ups. We need balance, and you need more than five bowlers in T20 cricket. It was a really good surface, and we pulled things back really well. We kept picking wickets, and we didn’t let them to 170-175, which I thought would have been a par score,” Kohli was quoted as saying.
Much like two T20Is against West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai last month, Kohli came in to bat at No. 4 last night. While India had promoted all-rounder Shivam Dube and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant against West Indies, it was the turn of batsman Shreyas Iyer to bat at No. 3 at the Holkar Stadium.
“The thought process is simple – we need to see guys step up, win matches under pressure. Me going in at 4 helps us too, like I did at Wankhede [against West Indies]. At the same time, give young players a chance,” Kohli said about the experimentation at No. 3.
Virat Kohli hints at uncapped bowler being “surprise package”
Much like cricket’s ancestral format, India are thriving on their fast bowling resources in T20Is as well. Fast bowler Navdeep Saini was exceptional last night as his bowling figures of 4-0-18-2 saw him earning the ‘Man of the Match‘ award.
Being asked the same, Kohli considered all the fast bowlers doing well as a “good sign” for the team. While he welcomed fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah back into the side, he hinted at a “surprise package” being included in the Indian team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
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“Brilliant from Navdeep [Saini]. He has done well in ODI cricket, and he’s bowling well in T20s, with experienced guys like Jasprit [Bumrah], Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] and Shardul [Thakur].
“It’s a really good sign for the team. It’s good to have Jasprit back again. He was really keen to bowl again, and his pace was up again. We have to choose who will be our best skills. I think there’ll be one player who will be a surprise package. Prasidh Krishna is someone who has bowled really well in domestic cricket,” Kohli added.
In 28 T20s for Bellary Tuskers, Karnataka and Kolkata Knight Riders, 23-year old Krishna has dismissed 24 batsmen at an average of 36.66, an economy rate of 8.66 and a strike rate of 25.3.