Rahul Dravid opens up on Rohit brave Super Over Bishnoi call. The game, which saw 424 runs scored in just 40 overs, eventually decide by the drama of not one, but two Super Overs – a rare treat for cricket fans.
Cricket fans were treat to an ultimate rollercoaster at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, as a thrilling match between India and Afghanistan left them on the edge of their seats. The game, which saw 424 runs scored in just 40 overs, eventually decide by the drama of not one, but two Super Overs – a rare treat for cricket fans.
Afghanistan, fresh from matching India’s imposing 212 in 20 overs, demonstrated their brilliance against Mukesh Kumar, scoring 16 runs. India responded with equal passion, tying the score and forcing the match to a Super Over. The stage set for a thrilling conclusion.
As the attention switched to Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, the target of 11 runs appeared manageable, given their strong performance throughout the game. Nabi, in particular, was unstoppable with a blistering 16-ball 34 during the chase, setting the tone for a thrilling conclusion.
Captain Rohit Sharma, known for his strategic abilities, took a risk by giving the ball to wrist-spinner Ravi Bishnoi. This approach proved to be a masterstroke, as Bishnoi successfully defended the mark, gaining praise from none other than the renowned Rahul Dravid.
“I believe Rohit went with his instincts, making a call… I believe he felt the spinner had a better chance of taking those two wickets. It was one of those games when 11 wasn’t a particularly high total and you knew that if they had batted those six balls with the power they had, they would have probably scored 12 runs. “You needed to take two wickets,” Dravid stated, as reported by Cricketbuzz.
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“The pressure was on, and my heart was beating, but I was confident that I could finish the job. The captain instructed me that I would bowl. I knew that if I bowled a back of the length ball. It would be difficult to smash on the back foot. It’s a lot of fun to defend during the super overs.”
However, the encounter was not without drama. Mohammad Nabi managed to sneak in a run off a deflected underarm throw in the first Super Over, resulting in a brief dispute. Despite Rohit and Virat Kohli’s unhappiness, Dravid played down the event. Attributing it to the high emotions that come with such closely contest games.
He could’ve gone for two sixes but I thought Bishnoi was brilliant: Dravid
Dravid praised Rohit’s decision to trust on Bishnoi for the super over. Saying it was a great choice by the captain. He mentioned the possibility of Bishnoi allowing two sixes, but praised him for his skill in carrying out the strategy properly.
“I thought the skipper made a superb decision to go with the spinner. He could have hit two sixes, but I thought Bishnoi bowled two excellent balls. He drew the length back… if the length had been marginally fuller, given how they were batting, it would have gone for a six on this small ground. I believe Rohit made a really smart gut judgment to go for the wickets and be more positive rather than the safer option that most people would have expected,” Dravid said.