Surprised by India’s decision to ignore Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah: Klaasen

India did not bowl Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah at the death in the fourth ODI and instead opted for the wrist-spinners, a move that backfired and South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen said he was surprised by the decision.

India skipper Virat Kohli did not bowl Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah at the death even as the wrist-spinners were leaking runs.

“I was very surprised,” Klaasen said about Kohli’s strategic call to keep Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah away from the action at the death after South Africa’s target was revised.

“David (Miller) and I thought they would have kept them (the pacers) at back for two overs each. But I think how this series went that led them to bowl their spinners for the remaining of the overs. But I was very surprised about it.”

Kohli’s decision didn’t work as the spin duo failed to contain the Proteas for once, leaking 119 runs in 11.3 overs for just 3 wickets between them.

The 26-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, who replaced injured Quinton de Kock, said that it was Kuldeep who had worried the Proteas in the series so far with his variations.

“I wouldn’t say (we have solved the spin riddle). The problem at beginning of series was that we didn’t pick the chinaman (Kuldeep). That obviously makes the difference not to be able to score against him,” said Klaasen, who played a blinder of knock (47 off 27 balls) on Saturday night.

(Agencies)

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