These are the questions that former head coach Ravi Shastri has asked the Indian team management after their second successive defeat in Super 4. On Tuesday, India failed to defend 173 runs in the last over defeat against Sri Lanka. Two days before that, they could not defend 181 against Pakistan.
“When you need to win, you have to prepare better,” Shastri told Star Sports. “I think the selection could have been better, especially for the fast bowlers. You know the conditions here. It doesn’t have much for the spinners. I was quite surprised that you came here with just four fast bowlers. [including Hardik],
“You needed that extra… someone like Mohammed Shami is sitting at home and freezing his heels. For him after the IPL, not being able to make the cut for him… Obviously, I’m something I’m looking different.”
Shami finished as the highest wicket-taker for Gujarat Titans, who made his IPL debut earlier this year. He picked up 20 wickets, but more importantly, he made it to every match (16). His Powerplay numbers were particularly impressive. His 11 wickets at this stage were the joint-highest with Mukesh Chaudhary, while his economy of 6.62 was the fifth-best among 14 bowlers to deliver 20 or more overs in the competition. However, his economy was 9.63 at the time of his death.
Against Sri Lanka, India’s bowling problems were due to its inability to take the first wicket. Sri Lankan openers Pathum Nisanka and Kusal Mendis chased down the target with 97 runs in just 11.1 overs. Even though spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin brought them back with four quick wickets, Sri Lanka had already covered a lot of ground.
Shastri said of Shami’s absence, “No one ever wants to sit outside.” “Of course, there’s something called workload management. I would agree with that to some extent, but sometimes I think it has some minus points. I think in times when you’re in good form and great There are rhythms, you shouldn’t stop playing. Of course, there are times, I think, to recover, you need to take a break. You have to do it smartly.”
“Planning when I say that, there should have been an extra fast bowler. One less spinner [squad of] 15-16. You don’t want to be in a situation where one guy has a fever and then you have no one else to play with. You have to play with another spinner, which can be embarrassing in the end.”