‘Magical’ Washington allows me to breathe easy – Rohit Sharma

India captain Rohit Sharma was full of praise for off-spinner Washington Sundar after his side’s 17-run win over Bangladesh at the R.Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday (March 16).

The off-spinner produced figures of 3/22 in his four overs, three of which were bowled during the power-play. His spell helped India defend their score of 176 runs and qualify for the final of the Nidahas Trophy.

“Washington’s spell up front was magical. It’s not easy for a spinner to bowl with the new ball, so hats off to him,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony, who was adjudged man of the match for his 89 runs off 61 balls.

“Washington has been courageous to take the ball from me, not afraid to flight the ball, and he’s very clear on what he wants to execute. That allows me to breathe easy.

Washington Sundar

“When a bowler knows what field to set, that talks a lot about that individual. He bowled well against Sri Lanka as well. The rest of the bowlers executed their plans perfectly too at the back end,” he added.

Speaking about his own performance after a series of low scores in the tournament, Rohit said: “The pitch wasn’t the usual wicket, and the ball was gripping. It wasn’t easy to hit on the up as well, so I decided to take some time getting set.”

“I knew the new batsmen would find it tough. (Suresh) Raina’s been in terrific form too, so hope he does well in the final too,” he added.

 

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