India defeated Australia in the second ODI of the series to record 500 victories in one-day internationals. Men in Blue successfully defended the below par total of 250 to win by eight runs and go 2-0 up in the five match series. Apart from Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli and Vijay Shankar also contributed in the winning cause and the duo appeared on Chahal TV to talk about India’s win.
“We had a discussion on whom to give the final bowler. We had a thought that if a spinner’s delivery comes in the radar, then it will be easier to step out and hit it for a six. There was reverse swing on offer for a fast bowler. So, I was hoping that Vijay would be able to reverse swing a bit,” said Kohli.
“If he bowls in the right areas, the batsman might go for a swing and miss, which happened on the first ball. And then it reversed a bit on the final ball, and we won. So we were hoping he could exploit the swing on offer. 11 runs were needed in the final over, so I knew it could be easier for Vijay. Because then the batsman had to go for a big hit. And they just had two wickets left,” he added.
Vijay Shankar, whose hands are tied when it comes to conversing in Hindi, was jokingly asked by Chahal to speak in Hindi. According to Vijay, bowling last over of the innings piled less pressure on him than conversing in Hindi.
“I was actually ready for it. I was preparing myself for it after the 43rd over. I thought I am going to have to bowl the last over and defend 10 runs. So, it was already there in my mind. So, I was just thinking about what I should do, and I just executed that,” said Vijay.
P.S. Did Vijay continue the rest of his interview in Hindi with @yuzi_chahal? ??
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 6, 2019