India vs Afghanistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Afghan skipper Gulbadin Naib praises 'game-changer' Jasprit Bumrah for his impressive spell

Captain Gulbadin Naib termed Jasprit Bumrah's two-wicket burst in the 29th over as the actual game-changer after Afghanistan suffered an 11-run loss to India in a tense World Cup clash on Saturday.

Press Trust of India, Jun 23, 2019 10:29:23 IST

Southampton: Captain Gulbadin Naib termed Jasprit Bumrah's two-wicket burst in the 29th over as the actual game-changer after Afghanistan suffered an 11-run loss to India in a tense World Cup clash on Saturday.

Bumrah took two wickets in three balls in the 29th over as Afghanistan slipped from 106 for 2 to 106 for 4 and that had a big impact in the game, despite Mohammed Nabi's fighting half-century.

India vs Afghanistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Afghan skipper Gulbadin Naib praises game-changer Jasprit Bumrah for his impressive spell

Bumrah took two wickets in three balls in the 29th over of Afghanistan's innings. AP

The India pacer also bowled a splendid 49th over, conceding only five runs.

Couldn't Nabi have attacked a bit earlier considering Mohammed Shami and Bumrah were supposed to bowl the death overs?

"Credit goes to Bumrah's spell (referring to 29th over). He is world's No 1 bowler and (naturally) he bowled really well. Shami also bowled really well in the last over. Najib and Rashid made mistakes but credit goes to the Indian bowling side," Gulbadin said at the post-match media conference.

Even his teammate Rahmat Shah during an interaction at the mixed zone blamed the defeat to his and Hashmatullah Shahidi's dismissal.

"Those two wickets by Bumrah changed the game completely. Those were good deliveries. We didn't gift our wickets. It was Bumrah, who got them," a disappointed Rahmat said after the game.

Gulbadin, however, expressed his displeasure at the mistakes in shot selection from experienced players like Rashid Khan and Najibullah Zadran.

He said that Rashid and Najibullah should have hung around supporting Nabi, who scored 52 and was first of Shami's three hat-trick victims.

The skipper, however, would like to harp on the positives and how the team's batting has shown signs of improvement in the last two games.

"The first four games that we played, we lost really badly. We played against England which is a strong side and India, the other favourites in the tournament.

"So I think we are now getting better and better day by day. This is what I actually wanted from the team. So this is a good sign," said the skipper.

He admitted that Indian bowlers didn't give them a single chance when they batted.

Rashid, who had recorded the tournament's worst bowling figures against England in the last game, got the better of MS Dhoni, while Mujeeb ur Rahman too shone bright, dismissing opener Rohit Sharma early on.

For Gulbadin, it was heartening to see that the top spinners were back in form going into their last three games.

"The good thing is that Rashid and Mujeeb were back in form. So they bowled really well. We planned really well for Dhoni and Jadhav," he said.

"The wicket wasn't good for batting in the first half. The ball was turning and when the ball turns, it is difficult to play Rashid.

"But Jadhav and Dhoni had a good partnership in the middle and that also changed the game. Initially, we thought we could get them out for 170, 180 but it changed.

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Updated Date: Jun 23, 2019 10:29:23 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254