“If you look at how we have played in the last three games, we have adapted better. Today, we needed Kohli to go out there and play the situation. We knew then that we had to keep in the right areas (with the ball) and let the fielder do the rest,” Rohit said during the post-match presentation.
Rohit was delighted with the way middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer and pacer Mohammed Shami have repaid the management’s faith in this World Cup.
Iyer hit a superb 77 off 87 balls and Shami picked a wicket to take his score in the tournament to 15.
Rohit said that he would keep his faith in them even if they did not come out with such performances.
“Even if the faith had not been repaid (by Shreyas and Shami), I would still stick with them. We have to keep the trust. It cannot be done every day. For Shami to return to the his way, The last two games show what Iyer is capable of,” he said. Up front, Rohit has formed a formidable alliance with his partner Shubman Gill but the skipper said their aggressive approach was not premeditated. “Gill and I have been batting together for the majority of the time now. We let our instincts take over. We don’t pre-plan anything. We assess and play accordingly,” he said.
Ravindra Jadeja also made a statement about his skills as he made a quick 29 off 15 balls that gave India some late steam and then returned to claim a five-wicket haul (5/33).
Praised Rohit Jadeja for his all round effort.
“Today was a classic Jadeja case for us. He came out at the death and scored crucial runs. Then he picked up wickets. He knows his role and knows what is expected of him.”
India have now won an unprecedented eight matches in the World Cup, but Rohit has not succumbed to hyperboles.
“Not to get too ahead of ourselves there was talk in the dressing room. There are a few big games coming up. We don’t want to change anything.”
South African captain Temba Bavuma said his side failed to adapt on this day.
“We know the challenge, we know the situation around us and the pursuit.
“The first ten overs were a challenge with the ball. We did well after that. The biggest challenge was building the wickets and India built big stands. The conditions are the biggest learning.
“Wicket played as we suspected he would play – we expected him to go but we didn’t adapt well. We will have to adapt our skills accordingly,” he said.
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