Winning a Test in these conditions is not easy - Rohit Sharma
India levelled the ongoing Test series with an iconic performance as the bowlers ensured that they got the job done at Vizag, despite England providing some scares with a few good shots in their chase of a 399-run target. The visitors were bundled out for 292, with Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin leading the charge in the second innings. The duo claimed six wickets between them to help India on their way to a triumphant victory.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma was delighted at the victory and heaped a boatload of praises for the players who made it possible for the hosts to stage a strong turnaround after a defeat in the series opener at Hyderabad.
Talking at the post-match presentation, he started off with a whole lot of praise for Bumrah. He said, “Bumrah is a champion player for us. When you win a game like that, you have to look at the overall performance as well. We were good with the bat. You know winning a Test in these conditions is not easy. Wanted our bowlers to step up and they did that. He looks like a good player, understands his game really well. Long way to go for him, has got a lot to offer for our team. Hope he stays humble.”
Rohit further said, “Wicket was really good to bat on. If I have to point out anything, a lot of the batters got starts but couldn't get a big score. But I understand they're young and new to the game. Important for us to give them confidence. Very proud of such a young squad to come up against a team like that. Lot of the guys are quite young in terms of playing this form of the game. It'll take some time to be absolutely spot on. Want them to play freely without any pressure.”
He concluded by shedding some light on England’s playing style and what this series can shape up to be, stating, “Last couple of years England have been playing good cricket. Knew it wasn't going to be an easy series. Three more to go. We'll keep our check on it and make sure we do most things right.”