With Harshal making a comeback in Mohali and Bumrah getting fit ahead of the second T20I in Nagpur’s VCA Jamtha, India’s middle over and death overs dilemma is expected to be addressed during the second T20 International against Australia on Friday.
Though Harshal grappled while dealing with the visitors in his comeback match, the in-form middle-order bat Suryakumar Yadav feels Harshal, the slower ball specialist, needs to get some time to settle.
“Harshal’s slower balls are very deceptive. It is not easy to face him. Whenever I have faced him in practice, he was not predictable. He has been working hard and has just made a comeback from injury, he deserves to get a benefit of doubt. We need to cut him some slack,” said Yadav ahead of the match in a virtual media interaction.
Yadav lifted the suspense over Bumrah’s availability. “Everyone is fit and ready to play, including Bumrah,” said Yadav, who hammered a 25-ball 46 in the first T20I in Mohali on Tuesday. The announcement is a big plus for the home side.
The batting line-up led by skipper Sharma is all but settled and need no alteration. Yadav, who has cemented his place at No.4, said that he is ready to bat where the team wants. “I keep my planning ready for all situations. I am flexible to bat anywhere, and the preparation is going well. I have hit two sixes against fast bowlers also, so I should get a little credit for that, what say?” he said.
India had lost the skipper and Virat Kohli cheaply in the opening game. Yet, the middle-order propelled India to a handsome total. They would look to bat in the similar tempo in pursuit of levelling the series.
“Everyone knows their roles. Openers know the plan. The middle order is aware of how to set up the game. And finishers know how to deal at the end and we saw that in Mohali. We will try to do the same thing again and again in the future,” he added.
India skipper Rohit Sharma looked unusually tense and animated in Mohali, and he even grabbed wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik by the throat after the India skipper went with his instinct for a DRS call, which saw Glenn Maxwell walking back.
When asked to comment about it, Surya said, “In the middle, there is always a lot of pressure, so it is important to engage in some laughter to lighten the mood. However, our focus is always on the game. In DRS sometimes the sound of an edge is not heard Rohit and Dinesh know each other very well, they have been playing for so long, so they engage in these kind of banters.”