While many thought that India would be the favourites to lift the Nidahas Trophy despite the senior bench being rested, India did not start off the campaign as favourites. In the first clash of the tournament between India and the hosts, the hosts defeated India by 5 wickets and team India’s performance has come under some heavy scrutiny.
POOR BATTING PERFORMANCE BY INDIA BESIDES DHAWAN
Sri Lanka ended up winning by 5 wickets after India posted a moderate total of 174 batting first. India’s batting was a tale of failures besides a great knock of 90 runs by Shikhar Dhawan. While skipper Rohit Sharma went for a duck in the first over itself, Suresh Raina scored just 1. Then the slow inning of Rishabh Pant saw India falling short of the total they would have fancied.
INDIAN BOWLERS TO EXPENSIVE TO HAVE ANY CONTROL
The match ended in the 19th over only as the hosts swiftly chased the target. India bowlers went for ample runs and they made sure that the Sri Lankans feel no pressure whatsoever in chasing down this total.
Shardul Thakur was the most expensive of all Indian bowlers and conceded 42 from just 3.3 overs while Jaydev Unadakat went for 35 from his 3 overs. It was a sheer mess of a bowling performance by India in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 2 wickets each and held things back a little but that did not prove out to be enough to curtail Sri Lanka.
HERE IS WHAT ROHIT SHARMA, THE INDIAN CAPTAIN SAID POST DEFEAT
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The Indian captain said that he is pretty sure that the team would learn from its mistakes. He also credited the Lankans for their performance. Here is what he said,
“I think it was a par score, definitely something we could have defended. We could have accelerated a bit more towards the end. It was a decent wicket. The kind of start they got was amazing. A lot of credit must go to Sri Lanka, for their whole batting group. I’m sure we will learn from our mistakes.
I felt we’ve got enough experience in our bowling line-up. They are very much new into the scene, they have had enough experience having been in these situations before. We all know on a wicket like that you need your batting as strong as possible. Our squad is well equipped with plenty of all-rounders and that offers the balance to the side.”