India did not manage to record two consecutive wins against Pakistan in the current Asia Cup when both sides played at the Super Four match at the Dubai International Crcket Stadium, Dubai on Sunday (September 04). After posting a respectable 181-7, but being asked to bat first by the Babar Azam’s Men in Green, Indian bowlers didn’t put up an impressive performance, in the end as they lost the match. Men in Blue lost the game on the penultimate pitch.
Of the Indian bowlers Arshdeep Singh was the most successful, returning with an impressive period (3.5-0-27-1) and unexperienced spinner Ravi Bishnoi was most successful and finished with a score of 4-4-26-1. Some of the bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar (conceded 19 runs in the penultimate round), Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal were able to concede more than 10 runs per over. Thus, former Indian opener-turned-commentator Gautam Gambhir opined on the Indian bowlers post the Pakistan defeat and lauded young Bishnoi. Gambhir also made a bold claim that Chahal although he is a senior bowler had the most easy bowls contrasted to Bishnoi.
“I believe Bishnoi was a great player today. He was the player who bowled the most difficult overs in the game. The fifth over was his first bowl and then getting Babar out, he bowled in the final over of 18 overs. If Avesh been healthy, Bishi would not have been able to play in this match. Chahal has been the most senior over, and has been bowling the more easy overs contrasted to those similar to Bishnoi who is playing in his the first match against Pakistan,” said Gambhir on Star Sports.
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Gambhir has also stated that Hardik not playing well caused India’s loss in the hands of our arch-rivals Pakistan. “You have to hand it over to Hardik. I don’t believe India has missed any one. It’s possible that Hardik did not have the performance that India believed he would be having, but that’s okay. Cricket is a great way to level,” Gambhir added.
Rohit & Co. will be facing Sri Lanka on Tuesday (August 06) and Afghanistan (August 08) in their final two games during the Super Four and hope to beat both of them to make it to the final.