The young Sri Lanka surprised one and all with their brilliant performance against the defending champions India in a group match of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017. India were looking firm favourites after their thumping win against Pakistan but the young Lankan team led by their inspirational leader Angelo Mathews played out of their skin and stunned India with a very solid batting performance.
In the post match press conference, Indian captain was asked to explain the reason behind his decision to bowl Kedar Jadhav ahead of Yuvraj Singh. And this how he answered this question.
“See, if the team is four or five down and you have to get few overs out of the way from the part-timer, then Yuvi can be used, but at that stage, I did not think — because Jadeja was also going for runs, and it was difficult to bowl with the breeze going that side to the shorter boundary,” Virat Kohli said.
“If Jadeja is finding it difficult, then obviously Yuvi would have found it a bit more difficult as well,” the Indian captain added.
Kohli also said that he spoke to MS Dhoni and took his advice on this matter.
“I thought — I spoke to MS as well, and we both thought that Kedar was a better bet at that time,” Kohli said.
“Then because in England, generally, if you bowl little seamers, then you can trouble the batsman. So I thought why not try a few overs there as well? So I think we covered up pretty well. Wicket is a bit more dry than, which obviously comes into contention,” he added.