India's head coach, Rahul Dravid, praised captain Rohit Sharma for his decision to entrust leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi with the ball in the second Super Over of the third T20I against Afghanistan. This strategic move turned out to be match-winning, as Bishnoi dismissed Mohammad Nabi and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, securing India's victory.
Dravid commended Rohit for going with his gut feeling and selecting the spinner for the crucial overs. He acknowledged that it was a risky move given the small target to defend, but the decision paid off. Bishnoi's accurate lengths and effective bowling in the second Super Over played a pivotal role in India's success.
Discussing the incident where the ball hit Mohammad Nabi's leg in the first Super Over, leading to an underarm throw by Sanju Samson, Dravid downplayed the situation, stating that such emotions are part of the game. He emphasized that as long as the passion and emotion on the field do not cross the line, it adds to the competitiveness and spirit of the game.
With India winning the T20I series 3-0 against Afghanistan, Dravid highlighted that the series provided an opportunity to evaluate players like Rinku, Shivam Dube, Jitesh Sharma, and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Looking ahead to the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA in June 2024, Dravid mentioned the importance of the upcoming IPL for selecting the 15-man squad. He noted that the IPL performances will be closely observed to identify players who can fill specific roles in the team.
(With Agency Inputs)