Before the CWC23, Rohit Sharma was impressed by the Asia Cup final bounty for fast bowlers.

After their near-perfect day in the Asia Cup final victory against Sri Lanka on Sunday, skipper Rohit Sharma lauded his fast bowling trio.

On Sunday, Mohammed Siraj was in fine form, ripping through Sri Lanka’s top order like a hot knife through butter with a five-wicket haul off just 16 balls.

Siraj was pumped up after the opening stanza and wanted to keep going. The skipper eventually took him off the attack against his wishes after seven straight overs.

“He bowled seven overs in that spell, and the trainer told me that we needed to stop him right away.” “He was desperate to bowl,” Rohit Sharma stated during the post-match press conference.

“He bowled a lot of overs, seven overs.” Siraj was in a similar predicament against Sri Lanka in Trivandrum, bowling 8-9 overs in a row.

It was fascinating to watch Siraj bowl from the slips. He made the ball move a little faster than the other two. “We were riding behind him (Siraj) when he bowled that spell,” the captain explained.

While Siraj stole the show, it was Jasprit Bumrah who got things started with a wicket in the first over and Hardik Pandya who ended Sri Lanka’s batting early with three wickets in 14 balls.

Heaping accolades on the excellent day the pacers had, Rohit noted that the good performances of the quicks gave him a lot of happiness.

“Seeing fast bowlers perform like this gives me a lot of satisfaction.” All of the captains take great delight in having quick bowling at their disposal, and I am no exception. “We have a great group of fast bowlers,” he remarked.

“They all have different skill sets and variations – one can bowl quickly, swing the ball, and get good bounce.” It’s a feel-good factor when you have all of these aspects in one squad.”

Though it was the pacers who dominated the headlines on the final day, Kuldeep Yadav, who finished the tournament with nine wickets at an average of 11.44, was named Player of the Tournament.

The wrist spinner, who will lead India’s spin department at the World Cup next month, was also singled out by the captain for his stunning recent turnaround in form.

“Kuldeep has done very well under pressure,” Rohit remarked. “He bowled well against Sri Lanka in the Super 4 match, and despite posting a low total, we won.”

His self-esteem has grown during the previous two years or so. He pulls the squad back into the game in any situation.”

India currently enters a three-match bilateral series against Australia ahead of the World Cup, with a rare opportunity to top the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Team Rankings across all three formats if they win the series.