Team India won yet another bilateral series at home with a thrilling win in the final ODI against New Zealand. India’s Vice-captain Rohit Sharma scored a magnificent 147 and along with Virat Kohli, who scored 113, took the hosts to a massive 337 batting first.
The Black Caps fought hard and got very close to the victory. Just 35 runs were required from the last 4 overs and the visitors were well and truly on course to a comfortable victory. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowled beautifully to clinch the game for India despite the heavy dew on the outfield.
Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar: Best death bowlers
Rohit Sharma was adjudged the Man of the Match but the opener believes it was the efforts of the 2 pacers at the end that won the game for the team. He hailed the 2 right-handers and termed them as the best death bowlers.
“I think we have the two best death bowlers. If you look at the last series against Australia, the way they have bowled, you have to praise them a lot. Because if you look at Australia‘s batting, with their power hitting, those were the two bowlers who got us back most of the times,” Rohit said.
“Even in this match there was so much dew, the ball was wet to be able to defend on that kind of wicket, with two set batsmen. We are talking about two best death bowlers in world currently. On this wicket, in these conditions, 35 required in four overs, it should have been made easily. It’s only because of these two that we could pull the game back,” the right-hander added.
“We knew that it was not going to be that easy because there was a lot of dew on the field. But our bowlers did exceptionally well to come back every now and then. Whenever they are put under pressure, they know how to come back. It’s not happened once, it has happened many times now. It’s a good thing for the team going forward. If you can respond to these situations really well and handle that situation really well, as a team you are only going to grow,” he concluded.