Archive photo of Ravi Shastri.© TSWT
India got off to a sloppy start in the T20I series against Australia as they failed to defend their 208 total in the first game in Mohali on Tuesday. Aside from some pedestrian bowling, India also proved to be lacking in the field with Axar Patel, KL Rahul and Harshal Patel all taking chances that proved to be expensive. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri, now back in the commentary field, was critical of India’s efforts on the pitch, saying they were “brilliant” in the absence of the injured Ravindra Jadeja.
“If you look at all the top Indian teams over the years, there is youth and experience. I think the youth is lacking here and that’s why it’s (bad) field work,” said Shastri in the air during Australia’s chase as they marched away to victory.
“If you look at the last five to six years, if you look at the fielding sides, I think this side is not a match for any of those sides when it comes to fieldwork. And that can turn out badly in big tournaments,” noted Shastri. on. .
“It means that as a batting team you have to take those 15-20 runs game after game,” he explained.
“If you look around the field, will you tell me where the brilliance is? There is no Jadeja. Where is the brilliance? Where is that X factor?” he said.
India put 208/6 on the back of a half-century from Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, as well as a great knock from Suryakumar Yadav.
Then, despite Axar Patel’s brilliant numbers of 3/17 from his four overs, Australia chased the goal in 19.2 overs, with Cameron Green crushing 61 of 30 deliveries and Matthew Wad scoring an unbeaten 45 out of 21.
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