In the midst of India’s commanding victory over England in the World Cup, Rohit Sharma’s frustration with Kuldeep Yadav was palpable during the 24th over. India’s triumph, marking their sixth consecutive win in the tournament, was led by a brilliant opening spell by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Rohit Sharma played a pivotal role with his resilient 87 runs off 101 balls, a standout performance on a challenging pitch where many Indian batters struggled.
Suryakumar Yadav also made a significant contribution with 49 crucial runs in the death overs, helping India post a total of 229 for nine. England, on the other hand, faltered and was bowled out for a mere 129 runs in 34.5 overs. Shami, with four wickets for 22 runs, and Bumrah, with three wickets for 32 runs, were the heroes with the ball.
This loss marked England’s fifth defeat in six games, effectively eliminating them from semifinal contention, while India remained the only unbeaten team in the tournament and on the verge of securing a semifinal spot.
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Kuldeep Yadav played a crucial role with his spin, taking wickets, including that of England’s captain Jos Buttler. However, there was a moment during the match when Rohit couldn’t contain his frustration with Kuldeep. This incident occurred right after Moeen Ali’s dismissal in the 24th over. It was during the 22nd over, bowled by Kuldeep, that an opportunity was missed as he narrowly missed a potential LBW against Liam Livingstone.
The Indian team chose not to review the decision at the time, but later replays on the big screen revealed that the ball would have hit the leg-stump. Rohit Sharma, realizing the missed opportunity, confronted Kuldeep about not taking charge for the review. While it was a heated exchange, it ultimately did not impact the outcome of the game.
In the words of Eoin Morgan, “Just an argument between the two there. You’ve got to be careful, you know. He’s the captain. He is the one who picks the team, remember.” Despite the disagreement, Kuldeep Yadav later dismissed Livingstone in the 30th over, contributing to India’s sixth successive win in the World Cup.