Saurabh Saket ∙ Jan 22 2023, 10:30 AM

I need to step in and draw the line, there are other bowlers as well: Rohit Sharma

image-ld74t7o8Mohammed Shami and Siraj were excellent with the new ball in the last game (Source: Associated Press)

Indian pacers ran riot in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Saturday, bowling out the visitors for a score of 108 runs. 

Mohammed Shami emerged as the pick of the bowlers, picking up 3 wickets for 18 runs while Mohammed Siraj also looked brilliant with the new ball, picking up 1 wicket for just 10 runs in 6 overs. The two wanted to continue testing the Kiwi batters in bowling-friendly conditions but had to be pushed away by skipper Rohit Sharma.

Seeing the sort of help pacers were getting in the middle, Shami and Siraj were said to be keen on continuing their exploits but Rohit stepped in and decided to hand the ball to other bowlers.

Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit admitted that he had to intervene as Siraj and Shami weren't willing to step aside.

"They (Shami and Siraj) were raring to keep bowling long spells but I reminded them that there is a Test series coming up as well (Australia at home), so we need to take care of ourselves as well. I need to step in and draw the line and say 'boss, there are other bowlers as well."

With the win in the second ODI, India have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series. A win in the final game will see India earn a clean sweep and position themselves in a strong place to earn the number 1 ranking spot in ODI.

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