I always tell Boult to bluff when I captain him in IPL: Rohit

India T20I skipper Rohit Sharma said that it is always a great game with Trent Boult as playing together for Mumbai Indians in IPL has helped know each-other better.

Jaipur: India T20I skipper Rohit Sharma said that it is always a great game with Trent Boult as playing together for Mumbai Indians in IPL has helped them know each-other better.

Right-handed batsman feels that Trent knows Rohit’s weakness and he knows Boult’s strength which makes their fight interesting when they play for their national teams.

India successfully chased the target of 165 runs as Rohit took the strings of captainship in his hands for the shortest format.

Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit (48) made it look easy to mark the win until New Zealand got Men in Blue under pressure by clinching frequent wickets, Suryakumar Yadav after 16.4 overs, Shreyas Iyer after 18.6 overs, Venkatesh Iyer after 19.2 overs. It was Pant who relieved India when he hit the game-winning four on the last second ball of the game.

“Boult knows my weakness, and I know his strength; it’s a good fight between the two. When I captain him, I always tell him to Bluff, and that’s exactly what he did,” Rohit told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

“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,” he added.

It was Boult who got the better of Rohit in the first T20I as he clean bowled the right-handed batter when he was batting on 48.

Earlier, Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman played knocks of 70 and 63 respectively as New Zealand posted a total of 164/6. For India, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with two wickets each.

With this win, India gained a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, with the second game set to be played on Friday.

first published:Nov. 18, 2021, 11:41 a.m.

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