Why did Mohammed Siraj bowl only 7 overs in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka? Rohit Sharma reveals ‘trainer’s message’

After bundled out Sri Lanka for 50 on Sunday, Indian captain Rohit Sharma could not hide his delight over the performance of his fast bowlers and said the variety they give to the team is extremely important. Pacer Mohammed Siraj bowled a marvelous spell (6 off 21) that laid the foundation for India’s 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final. “I feel a lot of satisfaction when I see fast bowlers bowling like this. All the captains take great pride in the fast bowling (at their disposal), and I am no different. We have a fantastic set of fast bowlers,” said Rohit in the post-match press conference.

“Everyone has different skills and variations – you can play fast, you can swing the ball, you can get a good bounce. When you put all those aspects together on one team, it’s a feel-good factor,” Rohit added. .

Rohit said Siraj was so high on adrenaline after an uninterrupted spell of seven overs that yielded six wickets, and it took a word from the team coach to stop the pacer from bowling.

“It was very nice to watch from the slips (how Siraj was bowling). He was moving the ball a little more than the other two. We were bowling behind him (Siraj) when he was bowling that spell,” the skipper said.

“He bowled seven overs in that period, and I got a message from the coach that we have to stop him now. He was really desperate to play,” Rohit said with a chuckle.

However, Rohit said that he has no plans to give another one to Siraj.

“He bowled seven overs, which is a lot. Siraj was in a similar situation against SL in Trivandrum, and he had bowled 8-9 overs on the trot,” he added.

Rohit also praised left wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who was later adjudged the ‘Player of the Tournament’.

“Kuldeep performed very well under pressure. He played well against Sri Lanka (Super 4 match) and we won despite a small total.” “His confidence has increased in the last two years. He brings the team back into the match in any situation,” Rohit said.

The Mumbaikars said the Asia Cup triumph came at the right time for the team and they took many positives from the tournament ahead of the World Cup, which begins next month.

“Throughout the tournament, the guys stood up to the pressure and fulfilled their role. We were slightly below average in some games (in terms of lineup), but overall our lineup was very good , especially that of sliding.

“We will have days off on the field, which is good as long as we bounce back well the next day,” he added.

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