World Cup 2019: Bumrah is operating at a different level, says Kohli

Team India skipper Virat Kohli, on Wednesday heaped praise on seamer Jasprit Bumrah, whose spell of two for 35 was key in restricting South Africa to 227.

Jasprit Bumrah's hostile spell with the new ball was instrumental in India's victory.   -  getty images

Team India skipper Virat Kohli, on Wednesday heaped praise on seamer Jasprit Bumrah, whose spell of two for 35 was key in restricting South Africa to 227. Bumrah removed Protean openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock cheaply laying the platform for Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav to run through the middle order.

"Jasprit is operating at a different level, batsmen are always feeling pressure. Chahal too was outstanding. There's one thing when you see a bowler bowl and when you catch the ball, you understand the heaviness," Kohli said at the presentation ceremony.

"The next 15 minutes my hands were buzzing (after taking the catch to dismiss De Kock), that's how quickly Bumrah is bowling. Was absolutely outstanding to get Amla out like that in ODIs, I haven't seen it (caught in the slips). To get Quinny as well was outstanding," he added.

Kohli also hailed Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 144-ball 122 which anchored India's chase despite the team losing opener Shikhar Dhawan and the skipper in quick succession. "We're confident as a group, with the bat we had to be careful. That's why I said Rohit's innings was special. One of the top three getting a 100 is something we bank on, KL was superb, showed composure, MS too and then Hardik, the way he finished, he seems to be in a good headspace as well.

"It was important to start on the right note, have a win that was complete. If you look at how the game went and pitch behaved, it was challenging. Hats off to Rohit, very professional win."