Deepak Chahar registers best bowling figures in T20I history

Rohit Sharma credited India bowlers for turning around the match in the hosts’ favour after India beat Bangladesh by 30 runs in the 3rd T20I vs Bangladesh in Nagpur on Sunday.

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“It was the bowlers who won us the game. I know I have to say that being a batsman, but I know how tough it was given the dew. But this must be one of the best comebacks in this format for India,” Rohit Sharma said after the match.

“It was easy for them (Bangladesh) at one stage, with 70 needed in eight overs. But the boys showed characters, took up the responsibility. Good to see young players putting their hands up. I just reminded the boys (while under pressure) that we’re playing for India. Our body language was a little off in the first eight overs, but then we saw a different team India.”

Rohit also lauded KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer for helping India post 174 in the first innings.

“I want to credit the batsmen too. KL (Rahul), getting that knock was crucial, and Shreyas Iyer played an incredible knock. Until we get close to the World Cup, we have to find the right balance. Few guys are missing and will come back in, but keeping everything in mind, we’ve got quite a few games before narrowing in on a perfect 11,” he said.

“We can try hell lot of things before getting on that flight to Australia. If we keep playing like the way we did today, it’ll be a good headache to have for Virat (Kohli) and the selectors.”

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah said the visiting team lost the plot in the middle overs.

“We had our chances. (Mohammad) Naim and (Mohammad) Mithun’s partnership was incredible to see but we lost wickets in the middle,” a dejected Mahmudullah said.

“I think the effort that boys have put in has been very good to see. Naim is a very talented batsman, the way he bats and composes his innings was good to see,” he added.

Deepak Chahar, who won the Man of the match and Man of the series awards for his sensation six-wicket haul on Sunday, including a hat-trick, said his hard work over the years finally paid off.

“I hadn’t thought something like this would happen,” said Chahar, who also registered the best figures in a T20 match besides becoming the first Indian male cricketer to take a hat-trick in the shortest format.

“I’ve just been wanting to work hard, it’s all god’s help that I’m here. Today the plan was to bowl upfront with the new ball. I was told I’ll be bowling the crucial overs. Happy the team management gave me that responsibility,” he added.