August 13, 2022
WI vs IND – 2nd T20I – 2022

In the first T20I at Tarouba’s two-way surface, India posted 190 for 6, despite consecutive wickets falling. In the second, on a similarly challenging surface at Basseterre, India lived up to their attacking batting approach, but this time it backfired as they were bowled out for 138 for not using four balls in their innings. . India captain Rohit Sharma, however, insisted that Monday’s batting failure is not a cause for concern and it will not take away from his aggressive stance.

After India’s five-wicket loss, Rohit said, “Actually, really happy with the way the bowlers bowled, but of course, there are a few things in our batting that we really need to focus on.” Is required.” “But then, I’ll also say: We’re going to continue to bat that way because we want to achieve something. Unless you try to do it, you won’t achieve.

“So, I think, there’s a weird result here and there, we shouldn’t panic. It’s just about giving clarity to those guys, and after a defeat we’re not trying to change anything. We’ll keep [up] Same intensity and same intent with the bat.”

India lost three wickets in the powerplay after being sent into bat, but they still scored 56 runs during this phase. Soon after, Rishabh Pant was caught outside the crease against left-arm finger-spinner Akil Hossein, only to be caught at deep midwicket. Hardik Pandya then sent the ball into the air regularly and dared to hit against the wind and clear the big leg-side boundary. Ravindra Jadeja and Dinesh Karthik also picked the fielders while finding boundaries. Rohit conceded that India’s total was level and hoped the batsmen would do better in the next match, which will be played at the same venue, and possibly on the same pitch on Tuesday.

“At first, there weren’t enough runs on the board for us,” he said. “We didn’t bat well, and I thought the pitch was playing well, but we didn’t apply ourselves. But it can happen. I keep mentioning it again and again when you’re trying to achieve something. Or when you are trying to do something as a batting group, you are not always successful. [in] Games like this you can understand what you could do. So we will try to learn from the mistakes we made today and see if we can rectify those mistakes in the next match.”

India then made a good fist of their defence, leaving West Indies needing ten runs in the last over. Rohit went past India’s most experienced seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and instead tested Avesh Khan, who got a game in place of wrist spinner Ravi Bishnoi. Avesh had given a yorker to West Indies’ top scorer Brandon King in the 16th over, but broke under pressure in the 20th over.
A front-foot no-ball off the first ball free-hit Devon Thomas, and he tucked it with a six over extra cover. Thomas put the finishing touches on the next four balls, but Rohit was not too upset with the result and was confident that Avesh would learn from the experience.

“It’s about giving these guys a chance,” Rohit said. “We know what Bhuvneshwar Kumar brings to the table for us. He’s been doing it for so many years, but if you don’t give a chance to Avesh, Arshdeep (Singh) and all those guys, you’ll never know what It’s like bowling in the death overs for India. They’re doing well for the IPL franchise, but it’s a different ball game. These games are [where] you try and see how they react to them [pressure] situations, but yes it’s just a game.

“I don’t think we need to panic about … or those guys stuff. They have the skills, they have the talent; it’s just about supporting it and giving them the right opportunities.”

Arshdeep Singh, a left-arm pacer, was dragging the game till the last over for India. He also had a boundary via a free-hit to Kyle Meyers in the powerplay, but excelled on the death with his variations in speed, length and angles. He conceded just ten runs in the 17th and 19th overs, while Hardik Pandya and the spinners also contributed. Rohit was particularly impressed by India’s late rally with the ball.

“It’s something I’m really proud of for the team,” he said. “When you are defending a target like this, it can be over in 13-14 overs or you can drag it till the last ball. I think that is what we did today. We pulled it till the last over. People kept fighting and it was also important for us to take wickets at the same time. So you have to plan and see how you are going to take those wickets and I thought that’s what we planned – whatever we talked about – People came and implemented it.”

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