'Needed To Play Him Better': Afghanistan Coach On Why His Batters Miserably Failed To Tackle Jasprit Bumrah

During his exceptional spell against Afghanistan, India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was almost unplayable. He deceived Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Afghanistan's leading scorer in the tournament, with clever change of pace and got the better of the other opener, Hazratullah Zazai, with an off-cutter. He later dismissed Najibullah Zadran in the 16th over of the innings.
Jonathan Trott and Jasprit Bumrah

Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott speaks about Jasprit Bumrah

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Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott has revealed why his batters miserably failed to tackle star pacer Jasprit Bumrah during their 47-run loss against India in a Super Eight match of the T20 World Cup 2024 in Kensington Oval, Barbados on Thursday. Chasing a challenging total of 182 runs for victory, Afghanistan's batting lineup crumbled under India's clinical bowling and were bowled out for 134 in 20 overs with Bumrah taking 3 wickets for just 7 runs in his four overs.
During his exceptional spell, Bumrah was almost unplayable. India's pace spearhead deceived Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Afghanistan's leading scorer in the tournament, with clever change of pace and got the better of the other opener, Hazratullah Zazai, with an off-cutter. He later dismissed Najibullah Zadran in the 16th over of the innings.
"Obviously disappointed with a few of the shots or the decision-making. Obviously, Bumrah is going to be a key bowler for any side. For India, he's crucial and we needed to play him better. His figures suggest we didn't play him very well," said Trott.
"We'd obviously spoken about it and how we were going to play him. So, we weren't able to execute that and, yeah, that's very disappointing," he added.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, India posted 181 for 8 courtesy Suryakumar Yadav (53 runs off 28 balls) and Hardik Pandya's (32 off 24) superb knocks on a tough batting surface.
Notably, captain Rashid Khan, Afghanistan's main bowler finished his quota by the 14th over and India scored 66 runs from the final six overs. However, the Afghan coach backed Rashid's decision to exhaust his overs early, saying that other bowlers should have stepped up.
"When you bowl three for 26, I think no matter when you bowl you've done a good job," Trott said of Rashid.
"It's not just one bowler. Other people have to bowl the 16 other overs to be bowled, and it's the responsibility of other bowlers to be able to execute the plans that we put in place .... I thought Rash bowled brilliantly today. He has high expectations of himself and he delivered today. Everybody else could follow suit. That would be great," he added.
Meanwhile, Rashid said that he is bowling better now after struggling in IPL 2024.
"I struggled a little in the IPL. I am hitting the areas consistently now," the Afghanistan skipper said.
Afghanistan will face Australia in their next Super 8 match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on June 23 at Arnos Vale Stadium in Kingstown.
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