'Don't think we can play four spinners here' - Captain Rohit Sharma opines on pitch conditions of New York after game against Ireland in T20 World Cup 2024

At the post-match presentation of the game against Ireland, Rohit Sharma spoke about including four spinners in the squad. Read the article to know more.

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India's captain, Rohit Sharma, was quite happy with his and the team's performance after defeating Ireland with eight wickets in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. The bowlers were excellent from the beginning of the game as they managed to keep the wickets flowing. Ireland's batters could hardly settle down, which was a big factor for India. Moreover, at the post-match presentation, Sharma spoke about including four spinners in the squad.

"Don't think we can play four spinners here (laughs). When we picked the team, we wanted to have the balance. If conditions are there for seamers, we wanted to have that. Spin will play a part later on (West Indies). Today was a four-seamer pitch, and we still managed to get two spinners who are all-rounders," Rohit Sharma said during the post-match presentation.

The game against Ireland was held at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York, where the pitch played a huge role. Not only the pitch but the outfield as well. The pitch supported the pacers, and there was nothing for the batters as it was quite visible when both teams batted. Moreover, the overcast conditions made it even more difficult for the batters to sustain, and hence, India won the match on the 12th over while chasing a score of 97. 

'In this format, you have to adapt to the conditions' - Jasprit Bumrah elated to get a pace-friendly pitch

India's star pacer Jasprit Bumrah was quite happy with the pitch and mentioned that he 'wouldn't complain' if the pitch supported the bowlers. Well, in the case of New York, the pitch did help the pacers more than the spinners. For his brilliant performance (2/6), Bumrah was given the Player of the Match award. 

"Coming from India, with the ball seaming around, I wouldn't complain when there's help for bowlers. In this format you have to adapt to the conditions, you have to be proactive. When you are trying to stick to the plans and trying to go back to what has worked for me. You always want to cover all the bases in these conditions," Jasprit Bumrah during the post-match presentation.

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