Rohit Sharma’s inspiring leadership and an aggressive brand-new approach saw India completely outmatch England by 49 runs in the second T20 International to seal the three-game streak with an unassailable 2-0 lead here on Saturday. Batting first, India again showed aggressive intent from start to finish as it reached 170 for eight riding new ‘batting all-rounder’ Ravindra Jadeja (46 not out on 29 balls) after a sudden collapse during the mid-stage on a full-paced track and bounce. With the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/15)’s new rhythm in the power playovers was superbly complemented by the skilled duo of Jasprit Bumrah (2/10) and Yuzevndra Chahal (2/10) as the England innings imploded for a meager 121 in 17 left.
If India’s at bat was very good in both games, the bowling was simply excellent with complete domination in the power plays.
Since he is a full-time captain, the Indian team has yet to lose one game under him. There have been three clean sweeps — New Zealand (3-0), West Indies (3-0), Sri Lanka (3-0) and a fourth against England in the current looks imminent.
With three months to go before the World T20, the playing XI on Saturday gave a glimpse of what the batting order and his philosophy could be in the future.
The raising of Rishabh Pant (26 from 15 balls) as opener next to skipper Rohit (31 from 20 balls) is a welcome move where the team at least wouldn’t be careful in the power playovers.
Between the duo, they hit seven fours and three sixs in the first six overs, an approach that was lacking at the last T20 World Cup.
The strategy is not to stop playing the shots even if the wickets fall to one side and Virat Kohli (1 of 3 balls) felt the peer pressure and the mistimed skier showed his desperation.
But the most impressive aspect came in from 89 to five as India still managed to reach 170 thanks to Jadeja, who didn’t have a great time in T20 cricket after having a scorching time in CSK during IPL where he lost shape and severed relationships.
With strong indications that he will leave CSK next year, Jadeja appeared to be playing with a free spirit and it was clear that even when the wickets fell on the other side, he didn’t stop with his stroke play as the scoreboard had a competitive feel to it. the.
The swing is back
A good Indian whiteball team has always had Bhuvneshwar as an important part of the set-up.
In the first game, it was a banana inswinger that held down rival captain Jos Buttler and on Saturday saw a classic outswinger Jason Roy take it to the slip cordon.
The cunning Bhuvneshwar then asked Pant to come to the stumps to prevent Buttler from giving the attack and the result was a lazy bottom edge in the keeper’s gloves.
Liam Livingstone (15) with a helmet camera was fooled by a Bumrah slow-off cutter that took ages to turn back and knock the braces off.
Harry Brook had a few limits but when Chahal threw one he took the bait but couldn’t get the execution right.
Moeen Ali (35) did hit some shots, but England lost wickets at regular intervals as Rohit used his bowlers brilliantly.
Three wickets behind, he let go of Chahal and just as Moeen was trying to take the game away, he ran into Hardik Pandya, who gave him a breakthrough.
The team’s weakest bowling link Harshal Patel (1/34) was brought towards the end as they were on course to win the match.