Sanjay manjrekar slammed Rohit Sharma and co. After Indore test defeat: Australia versus. India: Visitors With a 9-wicket victory against India in the third Test match, Australia recovered.
Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian batter, believes that the Indian team lost the third Test in the current Border-Gavaskar Trophy match against Australia because it was still suffering from the effects of their earlier dominance in the series. In the first two Tests of the four-match series, the Indian team performed better than the visitors. Before recording a 6-wicket victory in New Delhi, the team led by Rohit Sharma won the first game by an innings and 132 runs in Nagpur. Australia, however, recovered and defeated India in Indore’s third match by a score of 9 wickets.
“I got the impression that India was carrying the hangover of the dominance that they had in the series so far. They won the toss and batted first for the first time,” said Sanjay Manjrekar on Star Sports.
Australia’s captain Pat Cummins chose to bat first after winning the toss in the first two games. As the coin came up heads in the third game, Rohit Sharma’s fortune changed. Australia, which was then led by Steve Smith in Cummins’ absence, was the opponent that the Indian captain elected to bat against first.
“So immediately the onus was on them to call the shots in the game and I thought they were just trying to dominate a bit too early and didn’t suss the pitch out. So too many attacking shots under the assumption that they knew the pitch and that is where I guess where India faltered”, he further added.
Manjrekar believes that India’s inability to adequately organise their first innings cost them the game.
India were bundled out for 109 runs in their first innings before Australia scored 197 runs and took an 88-run first innings lead. The hosts’ second inning ended with them being dismissed for 163 runs. With nine wickets in hand, the Smith-led team successfully chased down the target.