Rohit Sharma said that he was proud of India’s bowlers for taking the match to the final over while defending a below-par total in the 2nd T20I against West Indies.
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India captain Rohit Sharma admitted that his team didn’t put enough runs on the board as India went down against West Indies in the second T20I.
India were bundled out for just 138 runs after Obed McCoy took a career-best 6/17 in his four overs in the second game, which got delayed by two hours due to the late arrival of teams’ luggage. In reply, West Indies took the match deep and chased down the target, with Brandon King scoring a 52-ball 68 and Devon Thomas hitting a quickfire 31 not out off 19 balls.
Reflecting on India’s performance, Rohit, at the post-match presentation, said: “It was not enough runs on the board for us. We didn’t bat well. Pitch was playing quite nicely but we didn’t apply ourselves. But that can happen. I have said again and again that when you are trying something as a batting group, it won’t work out always. We will try to see our mistakes and look to correct them.”
With West Indies requiring 10 runs in the final over, Rohit handed the ball to Avesh Khan instead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bowled only two overs. The India captain stood by his decision, saying: “It’s all about giving opportunity. We know Bhuvneshwar, what he brings to the table, but if you don’t give opportunity to Avesh or Arshdeep you will never find out what it means to bowl at the death for India. They have done it in the IPL. Just one game, those guys don’t need to panic. They need backing and opportunity.”
Rohit added that he was proud of the team’s fielding effort. “When you are defending a target like that, it can end in 13-14 overs or you try to drag it to the last over. Guys kept fighting, it was important to take wickets. The planning we did, the guys came and executed. Happy with bowlers, but there are certain things in the batting we need to look at. I will again and again say that we will continue to bat in this fashion because we want to achieve something. One-off result, shouldn’t panic. After one loss we won’t change things around.”
The teams will play the third T20I on August 2 in St. Kitts. The match will start at 9.30 pm IST.