India finished the T20 World Cup on a high note, limiting Namibia to 132 runs. It’s not easy to be up for such dead rubbers after being knocked out of the championship, but Virat Kohli hasn’t had any problems with intensity. Rohit Sharma, the man Kohli hinted at as his replacement, finished with 56 off 37 balls after Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin each grabbed wickets.
T20 innings typically include ebbs and flows, twists and bends. To turn things around, a large over or a maiden is needed. Since Jasprit Bumrah caught Michael van Lingen at mid-off with a bouncer, wickets have fallen regularly but not too rapidly, and runs have come regularly but not too soon.
After that, Jadeja and Ashwin shared three wickets in the middle overs, while Rahul Chahar went for 30 for 0 in his lone encounter of the tournament. Craig Williams was stumped, Stephan Baard was lbw, and JJ Smith was caught at cover by Jadeja. Jan Loftie-Eaton edging a slow off-break to slip, Gerhard Erasmus edging a carrom ball, and Zane Green bowling middle stump off a tremendously slow, drifting off-break were Ashwin’s three victims.
Rohit has a reputation for being vulnerable to left-arm pace, and he nearly confirmed it in the first over of the chase. First up, he went for swing, but the ball didn’t come back in as much as he had hoped, and he was beaten on the outside edge. He tucked off the hip straight to a short fine leg on the following one, but he was dumped. He threw one to midwicket again in the third over, but Smit misread the catch and fell on his knees too soon, unable to complete the two steps required to grab the catch.
Rohit then unfurled the goods to ensure India were well on their way to triumph. Lofts down the ground, pick-ups from the hips, square cut, pull, smashing leg-spin over mid-off, Rohit then unfurled the goods to ensure India were well on their way to victory. India had reached 86 in the 10th over by the time he skied a slower ball from Jan Frylink. Kohli did not bat, instead of elevating Suryakumar Yadav, who, together with KL Rahul, led India to victory. Rahul finished with another fifty, giving India a triumph, albeit a hollow one.