Former Pakistan captain and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq praised Team India following their thrilling win over New Zealand in the third T20I in Hamilton on Wednesday. Virat Kohli’s side won the game in the super over, thanks to two consecutive sixes from Rohit Sharma who had a field day with the bat.
The victory at Seddon Park meant India won their first-ever T20I series in New Zealand. Inzamam praised the Indian team after the win on YouTube and analysed three factors that he felt made it a world-class outfit. According to the 49-year-old, India’s success is determined by the fact that they have two big players in Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli who are backed by men like KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer.
Inzamam-ul-Haq also lauded the efforts of Shami and Bumrah
“They have two very big players. One is Rohit Sharma and the other is Virat Kohli. They are very big players. But you cannot win away with only two players. That’s where KL Rahul, Iyer come into play. They have taken the morale of the team to different heights. The strength of the team lies in when you still get a hold of the match despite your two big players getting out early,” Inzamam was quoted as saying by Times Now.
Inzamam said it is important to win overseas and India proved themselves to be a ‘zabardast’ team in New Zealand which he said is always a tough team to beat at home. The former ace batsman, who played a key role in Pakistan’s World Cup win in 1992 in Australia, also lauded the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami saying India’s bowling attack also gives them a cutting edge over their opponents.
“The kind of bowling that Bumrah is doing has given an edge to the other bowlers. He’s become the No.1 bowler with his arrival. Shami is good, the spinners are bowling well,” he said.
The third factor that is helping India is, according to Inzamam, is the body language of Virat Kohli. He said it is boosting the other players to perform as well. India will look to extend their lead when they take on the Black Caps in the fourth T20I in Wellington on Friday.
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