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“Wasn’t Easy”, Rohit Sharma’s Relief After India Qualifies for Super 8s


India secured a spot in the Super 8s of the T20 World Cup2024 by achieving the highest successful chase at Nassau County Ground. Chasing 111 runs against USA’s 110/8, key performances from Arshdeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, and Shivam Dube helped India cross the finish line. India captain Rohit Sharma expressed his relief and shared insights about the challenges faced during the match.

Rohit Sharma’s Post-Match Reflections

Rohit Sharma acknowledged the difficulties of playing on the two-paced, newly-laid drop-in pitch at Nassau County Ground. The Indian team had to maintain composure and adapt to the challenging conditions to secure their victories in the tournament so far.

“We knew it would be tough. Credit to us for the way we held our nerve and got that partnership. Credit to Surya and Dube for showing the maturity and taking us through,” said Rohit after the match.

The Indian skipper emphasized the significance of qualifying for the Super 8s and the relief it brought to the team. He highlighted the importance of perseverance and maintaining focus till the end in all three matches they played in T20 World Cup2024.

Key Performers: Suryakumar Yadav and Shivam Dube

Furthermore,Rohit Sharma praised Suryakumar Yadav for his adaptability and maturity in the game. Yadav, known for his aggressive batting, played a crucial anchor role to guide India to victory with an unbeaten 50 off 49 balls.

“He (Suryakumar) showed he has a different game to him, that’s what you expect from experienced players. Credit to the way he stuck through today to take the game deep and win it for us,” Rohit remarked.

Shivam Dube, who scored 31 not out, also received accolades from the skipper. His partnership with Suryakumar was instrumental in steering India past the target.

Arshdeep Singh’s Stellar Bowling

Arshdeep Singh delivered an exceptional performance, taking 4 wickets for just 9 runs. His career-best figures were pivotal in restricting the USA to 110/8. Arshdeep utilized the seam-friendly surface effectively, focusing on pitching the ball in the right areas to exploit the conditions.

“In the last two games, I gave away a few more runs and wasn’t happy with that. The team always shows belief in me and keeps backing me, I had to deliver for them,” said Arshdeep.

Arshdeep explained his bowling strategy, emphasizing the importance of hitting hard lengths and letting the pitch assist in generating seam movement. His disciplined approach and consistency were crucial in keeping the USA batsmen under pressure.

Tactical Decisions and Team Dynamics

Rohit Sharma discussed the strategic decisions taken during the match, including giving Shivam Dube a chance to bowl. The pitch conditions favored seamers, and Dube’s inclusion as a bowling option added depth to the attack.

“You want options and we should be able to use them as and when we can. Today, the pitch favored the seamers, so we wanted to use him,” explained Rohit.

The Indian captain also acknowledged the progress and hard work of USA cricketers, many of whom he had observed in the Major League Cricket (MLC) last year. He expressed satisfaction with their development and performance.

USA’s Perspective and Future Plans

USA’s stand-in skipper Aaron Jones felt that

his team put up a competitive fight but fell short by 10-15 runs. He praised his bowling unit for their disciplined performance and remained optimistic about recalibrating and coming back stronger in their next game.

“(We were) 10-15 runs short. If we got 130, then it would have been a tough total, that’s how it goes sometimes. The boys were very disciplined, really proud of the bowling unit,” said Jones.

Jones also mentioned the positive impact of the tournament on USA cricket, expressing satisfaction with the team’s efforts and their growing experience in international cricket. He confirmed that regular skipper Monank Patel should be fit for their final group game against Ireland.

“Mostly he should be fit for the last game, just got a slight niggle,” Jones added.

India’s qualification for the Super 8s came with a mix of relief and satisfaction for skipper Rohit Sharma and his team. The challenges posed by the pitch conditions and the need for strategic adaptability were well managed by the players, particularly Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, and Arshdeep Singh.

Rohit’s reflections on the game underscore the importance of maintaining composure and teamwork in high-stakes tournaments. As India progresses in the T20 World Cup2024, the lessons learned from these challenging matches will undoubtedly bolster their confidence and preparedness for future encounters.