Trent Boult knows my weakness and I know his strength: Rohit Sharma

Trent Boult & Rohit Sharma

India managed to register a thrilling five-wicket win over New Zealand in the first T20I of the three-match series which propelled them to go 1-0 up. However, it was the battle between Rohit Sharma and Trent Boult which managed to grab everyone’s attention.

As the two of them play together, for the Mumbai Indians (MI), during the Indian Premier League, the contest between the two world-class players became even more exciting. The Kiwi pacer kept on bowling bouncers to Rohit Sharma. India’s new T20I skipper however, looked solid during his stay at the crease and seemed in great nick.

However, the seamer finally managed to get the better of his MI captain as he dismissed him for 48. Rohit Sharma made an attempt to hit the slower bouncer too hard over the short fine-leg fielder but wasn’t able to clear Rachin Ravindra, who was stationed perfectly. Thus, the mouth-watering contest between the two ended with the seamer deceiving the Indian opener in the second ball of the 13th over.

Rohit Sharma acknowledges the fact that he and Boult share a healthy fight

The Indian T20I captain said that Boult knew his weakness and he knew Boult’s strength. “We (Boult and I) played a lot of cricket together and he knows my weakness and I know his strength, it’s a good fight between the two,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.

The 34-year-old revealed how the Kiwi pacer managed to deceive him with the slower-ball bouncer. He said that this was something which they had discussed when they were playing for MI in the IPL. “When I captain him I always tell him to bluff, and that’s exactly what he did. He put the mid-wicket back and put the fine leg up and I knew he was gonna bowl a bouncer and I was just trying to put it over the fielder but unfortunately there wasn’t much pace on the ball,” Sharma added.

Suryakumar Yadav, however ensured that his skipper’s wicket doesn’t result in a collapse and carried on. The middle-order batter looked in sublime touch as he went on to score a brilliant 62, before being dismissed by none other than Boult in the 16th over. After a few quiet overs, things got trickier for India as they had to score 10 off the last over. Rishabh Pant however kept his calm and ensured India end on the win side.