Rohit Sharma speaks about what went wrong for Team India.
India vs Australia
Last Updated: 05.57 PM, Sep 20, 2022
Despite scoring 208 runs against Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Team India could not defend the huge score as the visitors won by 4 wickets.
After being asked to bat first, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and SuryaKymar Yadav all did their best to power India to the massive total.
However, as they say 'catches win matches and the Men in Blue were bad in their fielding today. Even the bowling department did not look strong as only Axar Patel, who took three key wickets, was also the only bowler to give off fewer runs - 17. Umesh Yadav, took two wickets, while Yuzvendra Chahal took 1.
But besides these, no other bowler could take wickets nor could stop the flow of runs. Swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the most expensive as he gave off 52 runs while returning from injury Harshal Patel gave away 49. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who bowled 2 overs also leaked 22 runs.
Speaking about India's loss, captain Rohit Sharma, at the post-match presentation said, "I don't think we bowled 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 batters, but bowlers were not quite there".
He added, "There are things we need to look at, but it was a great game for us to understand what went wrong".
Talking about the pitch, the 'Hitman' said, "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".
Rohit even praised the Australian batters saying, "They played some extraordinary shots. If I was in that changing room, I would expect to chase that total. You can back yourself to defend 60 runs in the final 4 overs".
So what was the turning point for Team India? Rohit said, "We were not able to take that extra wicket. That was the turning point, if we would have taken another wicket, things would have been different. 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".