Yuzvendra Chahal terms Faf du Plessis' wicket as 'favourite'

Dale Steyn

The former South Africa captain and cricket great offered to play the Cricket World Cup for the Proteas, but the team management rejected it, ESPN Cricinfo reports.

Bumrah, the world's top-ranked one-day worldwide bowler, struck early to remove the South African openers including Hashim Amla for six, in India's six-wicket win in Southampton.

While the Proteas are not yet out, they do need to win at least five of their remaining games - and emphatically so - if not all six to stand a chance of reaching the semi-finals. "If you can't then you watch the game from the change room", he said. "In the beginning, it was not easy but he finished the match which is a plus point", he said. It was a small target, but we had to build partnerships as there was always something in it for the bowlers. "I think it was a professional effort from us. Chahal (four wickets) was outstanding as well", stated Kohli. "Obviously, Bumrah is bowling at a different level and Chahal as a youngster never refuses to take the ball in any condition".

"The way he's bowling right now, it's so good to see because you see batsmen literally clueless against him and he's rushing people", said Kohli of his pace ace. "Each individual needs to look in the mirror, there cannot be any finger-pointing, they have to have an honest conversation with each other about what they can do better", Kallis said. It was no option when I received the news on the day of the squad announcement, our squad was finalised and confirmed.

"Chahal was outstanding as well", he added. His 144-ball knock was studded with 13 fours and 2 sixes. "It was a special innings".

This was India's first match of the tournament compared to the Proteas' third after an Indian court ruled there had to be a rest period for Virat Kohli's men between the end of the Indian Premier League and the start of the World Cup.

During the course of the inning, Rohit surpassed Sourav Ganguly tally of 22 ODI centuries.

India has started the WC with a win and MS Dhoni has played a crucial role in the game contributing with the bat and behind the stumps. "The last time we played them, they were trying to hit boundaries rather than take singles and as a captain, I will take that any day as there is more of a risk factor in such strokes".

A minor hiccup (54 for two) when the Indians batted was quickly overcome by the brilliance of Rohit Sharma and it would be hard not to agree with Virat Kohli's view that all things considered this was his best ODI innings.



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