Jasprit Bumrah defended MS Dhoni’s decision to stop taking 8 singles which led to the defeat of India in the first T20I against Australia at Visakhapatnam. India chose to bat first and was in a tough situation after losing three wickets off 80 runs. Then MS Dhoni came to bat and he refused to take singles from eight deliveries while batting with Yuzwendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav. Indian innings ended at the score of 109 runs by losing 7 wickets.
Dhoni slammed just one six from his innings and hit just 29 runs. He was being trolled for making misuse of the opportunity by staying on the strike most of the time without hitting singles. Pat Cummins, on the other hand, slammed two runs and then a single to hand Australia a lead of 1-0 in the T20I series.
Jasprit Bumrah said that “We were trying our best. We were figuring out. He was trying to take the game deep and get us to a safe total which we tried. I think we fell short by 15-20 runs but he still gave us a fighting total. We had something we could fight on so that was the plan which he was trying to execute,”
“We almost pulled off this game but on this wicket around 140-145 would have been a very good score because there was no bounce and it was difficult to play big shots. So it’s always tough to chase totals on these wickets.”
“It’s a little different because once you know what your target is, you can hit one boundary and not afford to take the risk. We were batting first so we were figuring out what a safe total is. I think that was the difference, maybe. They were rotating the strike after every boundary. But in the end, it was a good match,”
“Maxi always, in this format of the game, plays with a lot of freedom. In the shorter format, you can express yourself. And when you have a smaller target such as this, it was ideal for him. He was hitting one boundary and trying to rotate the strike. He was clear about the plans he wanted to execute.”
Glenn Maxwell slammed a fifty which led to the victory of Australia. With this game, Bumrah picked the 49th wicket in T20I and stood as the second best bowler after Ravichandran Ashwin. He dismissed Aaron Finch in the 19th over for a golden duck. In this context, he said “Not a lot, I’ve been just focussing on what my strengths are,”
“The wicket was a little difficult to bat on; it was not easy to go heavily on this wicket because to play big shots on this sluggish wicket was a bit difficult. So I was just figuring out my options, what I should do and I was trying to execute that.”
The dismissals of Peter Handscomb and Nathan Coulter Niel seemed to turn the game in India’s favor as they were at 113 for 7. But the Australians succeeded to fight back and gain an upper hand.
“It always goes both ways because once you bowl the last over in a close came during death overs it is sometimes 50-50. You try your best; you’re always clear in your execution. Some days it works, some days it doesn’t. Nothing to be worried about. We would have wanted to close the game in our favor. But this happens because death bowling in tough in any situation,” he concluded.