India vs Pakistan, After a meagre 151 runs against Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, former India pacer Zaheer Khan says Virat Kohli should have opened with his “trump card,” Jasprit Bumrah.
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In the T20 World Cup 2021 match against Pakistan, former India pacer Zaheer Khan says Virat Kohli should have began the bowling with Jasprit Bumrah instead of bringing him in the third over.
Kohli started with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with Mohammed Shami bowling the second over, after a poor total of 151 against Pakistan in Dubai. Pakistan’s openers had fallen into a nice rhythm by the time Bumrah came on to deliver the third over.
On Sunday, Pakistan defeated India by ten wickets in a T20 World Cup match for the first time in history. In Group 2 of the Super 12s, Mohammad Rizwan (79 not out) and captain Babar Azam (68 not out) both hit unbeaten half-centuries to help Pakistan to 152-0 in 17.5 overs.
“You make your plans before the game, but once you’re in it, you simply have to go with it – and maybe adjust some of your plans.” Perhaps Bumrah could have been utilised in a different way. You had underutilised Bumrah by the end of the game.
“Rather than getting him into the game in the third over, they should have gone for their trump card right away.” Starting with him may have swung things in the right direction,” Zaheer Khan told Cricbuzz.
“However, these are things that can only be seen in retrospect. You sometimes stick to the strategy you’ve devised. I’m sure the think-tank during the innings break would have considered it and made a different decision. But who would have guessed that the two openers would be the ones to see the game out? “Added he.
Furthermore, while the dew factor played a role, Zaheer Khan credited Pakistan for applying pressure on India to win their first-ever T20 World Cup encounter against their arch-rivals.
“The dew factor was a factor.” Having said that, if you know dew will be a concern, you’ll need an extra cushion of 20-25 runs on the board just to remain on top of things.