Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar’s stunning display with the new ball against South Africa in the opening T20I at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram, earned accolades from Team India skipper Rohit Sharma.
With just nine runs on the board, South Africa lost half of their side against the bowling attack of Arshdeep and Chahar in just two and a half overs.
Rohit Sharma praises Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar
Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar demonstrated that the shortest format isn’t just about massive hits. In the first T20I match between India and South Africa in Trivandrum, the two put on an incredible performance to destroy South Africa’s batting order.
Arshdeep and Chahar dominated the powerplay, sending 5 South African batsmen packing by the time the visitors had only managed 9 runs. Arshdeep was responsible for three of the wickets, while Chahar was responsible for two.
India was able to keep South Africa to 106 runs thanks to the bowling performance of Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar. India easily passed the score in 16.4 overs, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Rohit Sharma, the captain, properly thanked Arshdeep and Chahar for their outstanding performance after the game.
“The wicket was tricky. You learn a lot playing such a game. You understand what the team needs to do in tough conditions. It was nice to play a game like that. We knew the bowlers will get something seeing grass on the pitch, but we didn’t expect help for the full 20 overs. It was still damp. Both teams were in the contest and the team that played better won the game. We started well, got 5 wickets in quick time and that was the turning point,” Rohit Sharma said.
“Perfect showcase of how to bowl when there is help for the pacers (talking about Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep). We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Got to respect the conditions. Lost two wickets and that partnership between KL and Surya got us home,” he added.