India captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday attributed the four-wicket defeat to Australia within the first T20I to their lacklustre bowling efficiency, an space which has been a trigger for concern for the crew with the T20 World Cup quick approaching.
Indian batters Hardik Pandya (71 not out), Ok.L. Rahul (55) and Suryakumar Yadav (46) performed sensible innings to assist the hosts put up 208/6.
However, an underwhelming bowling show, within the absence of tempo spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, and sloppy fielding that included three dropped catches ensured India’s defeat.
“I don’t think we bowled well. 200 is a good score to defend, and we didn’t take our chances in the field. It was a great effort from our batters, but bowlers were quite not there,” Rohit stated on the presentation ceremony.
“You can’t score 200 every day, you need to bat well. Hardik (Pandya) batted really well to get us there. We need to look at our bowling before the next game.” The skipper felt the sport highlighted the areas which the crew must work on heading into the T20 World Cup subsequent month.
“There are things we need to look at, but it was a great game for us to understand what went wrong.” Australia had been crusing to victory courtesy of Cameron Green’s 61-run knock and, regardless of dismissing the opener and taking three extra wickets in fast succession, India could not defend their massive complete.
“We know this is a high-scoring ground. You can’t relax even if you get 200. We took wickets to an extent, but they played really well. They played some extra-ordinary shots.
“If I used to be in that altering room, I’d count on to chase that complete. You can again your self to get 60 runs within the last 4 overs.
“We were not able to take their wicket. That was the turning point, if we would have taken a wicket, things would have been different,” Rohit stated.
Winning captain Aaron Finch was delighted by the partnerships his facet was capable of sew whereas chasing an enormous goal.
“We had some really good partnerships, there were some good contests between the bat and ball.
“They got here arduous at us. You count on the run charge to decelerate if you happen to lose wickets. The batters tried to vary the momentum of the sport.
“That’s what we play for, we still try to instil all the processes leading into the World Cup,” he added.
Green, who was opening for the primary time, was adjudged Player of the Match for his sensational innings.
“I was thrown into the deep end (opening for the first time) but having someone like Finchy as an experienced campaigner, he kept me calm.
“We had the luxurious of seeing the Indians bat and Hardik have to be the most effective in what he does.
“It was kind of good to watch them bat, and that gave us an idea about how to go about while chasing,” Green stated.