Rohit Sharma was disappointed with his bowlers as India succumbed to defeat in the inaugural T20I against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday September 20.
The hosts failed to defend 208 runs, conceding 55 runs from just 20 deliveries as they lost by four wickets. Matthew Wade (45* of 21) went wild with the bat at PCA IS Bindra Stadium. The southpaw hammered the Indian bowlers, who have already struggled to hit the right line and length in the final overs.
With the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup due to start in less than a month, Rohit looked worried with his bowling troupe. Speaking after the game, the India captain said:
“You can back up to defend 60 runs in the last four overs. We couldn’t take that extra wicket. That was the turning point, if we had taken another wicket things would have been different.”
“You can’t score 200 points every day, you have to hit well. Hardik hit very well to get us there. We need to review our bowling game before the next game.”
The Men in Blue were ahead in the game until the 15th before Wade unleashed the carnage. Harshal Patel, who returned from an injury layoff, conceded 49 points, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave up 52 points.
This will certainly worry the Indian think tank ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Rohit stressed that this game will help them understand where they are lacking as a team ahead of the T20 global competition. He continued:
“I don’t think we played well. 200 is a good score to defend, and we didn’t take our chances on the field. It was a great effort from our hitters, but the bowlers weren’t everything. Right there. There are things we have to look at, but it was a great game for us to figure out what was wrong.”
India are now trailing 1-0 in the three-game series.
“You can’t relax even if you get 200” – Rohit Sharma
Despite losing Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to a lower cost, India battled extremely well to post 208 points on the board. KL Rahul (55) and Suryakumar Yadav (46) allowed Hardik Pandya (71* of 30) to flourish in the end.
In response, Cameron Green gave Australia a flying start, scoring a quick half-century (61). The Men in Blue managed to roll things back before Wade got in the middle to win the match singlehandedly.
Rohit credited Australia for putting on a brilliant performance with the bat and chasing the target with four balls to spare. He concluded :
“We know it’s a high-scoring ground. You can’t relax even if you get 200. We took wickets to some extent but they played very well.”
India will have a lot of work to do ahead of the second match on Friday, September 23 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.