With Sri Lanka needing 13 runs in the last over to overhaul India’s total of 162, the decision to give spinner Axar Patel the ball was a bit surprising.
Going ahead, India’s new T20 captain Hardik Pandya is eager to see how his platoon tackles delicate situations as he seeks to mould it into an outfit able of ending the country’s barren run in world events. Under Hardik’s leadership, India began the three- match T20 series against neighbours Sri Lanka on a winning note, prevailing over the islanders by two runs then on Tuesday. Hardik had to leave the field for a detail while after taking a catch.
“It’s just cramps. Now I’ve tendency to scarify people. I didn’t sleep well, didn’t drink enough water and hence the glutes were stiff. I was bad and I had my fluids down,” Hardik said at the donation form.
With Sri Lanka demanding 13 runs in the last over to overhaul India’s aggregate of 162, the decision to give incentive Axar Patel the ball was a bit surprising.
“We might lose a game then and there but it’s alright. I want to put this platoon in delicate situations because it’ll help us in big games. Bilaterals we’re veritably good at and this is how we’re going to challenge ourselves.
“To be honest, all the youthful ordnance got us out of the situation moment.” One of the youths who shone bright on the night was debutant leader Shivam Mavi. The commander was full of praise for the fast bowler, who picked up4/22 in his first T20 spin.
“The discussion was veritably simple, I’ve seen him( Mavi) coliseum well in the IPL and I know what are his strengths, just back yourself and do not worry about getting hit.
“I just told him to simply drift. I told him,’ I’m backing you. Indeed if you get hit, it’s fine.’ If the same situation is there, I’ll take the new ball.” He added,” I’ve been brushing in the nets with the new ball since I returned in the IPL. I’ve learnt how to swing it back.” Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka said the callers ought to have won the game.
“It was( our game to lose). Really disappointing with the way we finished. In Wankhede you need the batsmen to help you cross the line.
“I use the competitions really well and that is the reason we confined India to 162. It’s still the first game and they( batters) are really good bunch of youths, they will come good,” Shanaka said.
Mavi said he has been staying for the last six times to get into the elderly Indian platoon.
“Was staying for six times after playing U19. Had to work hard in those six times- got injured as well. For a while it looked like my dream will remain a dream. But I kept at it.
“Having played the IPL, the unease is a little lower. My idea in the powerplay is to attack and get them out. Favourite redundancy was the first one, getting him sailed,” Mavi said. Know More Cricket News…