Nagpur, Jan 30: Indian captain Virat Kohli has revealed the advice he gave paceman Jasprit Bumrah ahead of the final over against England in the 2nd Twenty20 International here last night (January 29).
Young Bumrah held his nerve to deliver a thrilling 5-run victory for India in a low-scoring contest at the VCA Stadium on Sunday. The hosts successfully defended 144.
With 8 runs needed off the final over, Kohli handed the ball to Bumrah. And he did not wilt under pressure taking 2 wickets and conceding only 2 runs.
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Kohli praised Bumrah and Ashish Nehra, describing them as "outstanding". Thanks to the duo's excellent bowling towards the end, India levelled the 3-match series 1-1. The decider will be played in Bengaluru on February 1.
When cricket-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri asked Kohli about the talk between him and Bumrah before the start of the tense final over, the skipper said he advised the youngster to back his skills and not worry if the ball goes for a six.
"Bumrah was asking me what to do every ball (in the final over). I just told him to back his skills. Even if it goes for a six, you still wake up tomorrow. It's not the end of the world," Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
Bumrah won the "Man-of-the-match" award for his 2/20 figures in 4 overs.