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IPL 2019 | Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya are growing every day, says Rohit Sharma

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03/29/2019

Rohit Sharma has asserted that Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya are getting better day by day with every match that they play. Both the players put up a great performance in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and the skipper did not fail to acknowledge their match-winning performances.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore were looking all set to chase Mumbai Indians’ target of 188 with Virat Kohli batting on 45 and AB de Villiers on 23 at the end of the 13th over. However, skipper Rohit Sharma brought in Jasprit Bumrah and the pacer did the job once again as he dismissed the dangerous-looking Kohli. He followed it up with some excellent bowling in the death as he gave only six runs and scalped two more wickets in his next two overs.

"Bumrah is very smart, understands what he's doing with the ball," Rohit said at the post-match press conference. "We wanted to break the partnership when they were going strong and Bumrah came and got the wicket (Kohli). It was a crucial wicket, Bumrah has matured a lot,” said Rohit Sharma, reported Cricketnext.

“Actually, he has more than matured now. His performance keeps growing every day on the field. He's a very dedicated individual, he takes his game very seriously. He's somebody who wants to grow every notch as the day progresses. That's a good sign."

Mumbai Indians were down to 147/7 at the end of the 17th over, but it was a late flourish of 32 in 14 balls from Hardik Pandya, that made sure the three-time champions reach 187. The 25-year-old, another MI find to play for India, required some game time as he was making a comeback after an injury layoff. He got out for a duck in the last game but would be delighted to find back some form.

"Those runs in the end was the difference in this game. He was wanting to go out there and get some runs. Last game didn't go well for him. Obviously there was a hunger to do well, and he got those crucial runs in the end. He bowled well in the middle too, even though he went for runs it's fine. Bangalore is a pitch where bowlers do go for runs. In a way, he's also stepping up that ladder. He was out for a bit, and he needs some game time. It augurs very well for us if he keeps that form going for us. He's a flexible batsman, can bat anywhere, and he's a good bowler as well. His form is very important to us,” expressed the India vice captain.

Lasith Malinga has been one of the key players for the Indians since his debut season in 2009 and has a record 154 wickets in 111 matches to his name. The ‘slinger’ was written off by many after a dip in his form and was even dropped as a player by his franchise in 2018. However, he made a staggering comeback in international cricket in the Asia Cup and a string of notable performances elevated him as the captain of Sri Lanka and also enabled him to make a return for the Mumbai Indians as a player.

The 35-year-old was taken apart as he leaked 47 runs in his four overs but managed to defend 17 in the final over, although he was helped by a wrong decision from the umpire.

"The role of Malinga is pretty simple. What he has done for us over the years is the same - bowl yorkers, bouncers and get wickets in the middle. He's Sri Lanka's captain, so he wants to play the World Cup and do well, so the motive is there. For him to come here and do what he has done for Mumbai over the years, it does go well for the team. We expect him to deliver what he has been doing over the years. He's coming off great form in South Africa and wants to keep it going into the World Cup. He wants to do well and he knows we expect him to deliver the goods, his form is very important,” the three-time ODI double centurion was quoted.

"Yes he did go for runs but that's what experience brings for you. The ball was soft and I always knew he could bowl yorkers in the end. The first over when AB hit him for a couple of sixes, he tried to do some variations which didn't go in his favour but he came back strongly and bowled yorkers perfectly. When he bowls well like, it augurs well for us."

Rohit was also mighty impressed with the performance of leg spinner Mayank Markande, who conceded just 23 runs from three overs and even scalped the important wicket of Parthiv Patel. AB de Villiers looked rattled in front of the 21-year-old and was even dropped at the slips in the very first ball of his innings. Surprisingly, he was not a part of the playing XI in the first game but should be a regular feature from now on.

"Spinners will always give you chance of taking wickets, that was the thought, and we've played enough in Bangalore. Specially the seamers, if they don't have a good day, they won't have a good day. It's the same thing for the spinners as well but they give you the extra chance of taking wickets in the middle when batsmen are going strong. Mayank has done the job for is in the middle overs last year, we wanted to back him. He bowled brilliantly, getting that wicket and keeping the scoreboard tight in the middle overs. We back him a lot and understand he'll have off days as well. But he's a wrist spinner, and they always make sure you stay in the game. As a captain you just want wicket taking options in the middle and he did it for us,” concluded Rohit Sharma.

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