IND v SL: The India coach was buoyed by Axar Patel’s performance with both bat and ball against Sri Lanka in the second T20I on Thursday.
The Indian platoon operation has plenitude of spin- bowling each- rounders to choose from, head trainer Rahul Dravid said after India’s loss to Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Dravid indicated Ravindra Jadeja could soon be in the blend as well.
“I suppose in our spin brushing all- rounder’s niche our stocks are enough good at the moment. Shahbaz( Ahmed) was also part of the team and considering that Washington( Sundar) is there and also Jadeja as well so we’re happy with that, ” he said.
With Axar Patel playing his part to perfection on Thursday, taking two lattices in an provident spell and also scoring a swashbuckling 65 off just 31 deliveries, the trainer said it had given him quite a many options.
“I suppose in T20 justice, whenever he has got the occasion, he’s done really well so, that’s really a good sign for us, people like him, people like Washi not getting a game, he’s fur really well and obviously Jadeja coming back( soon) as well gives us nice little( options) in that spin- bowling each-rounder area. ”
With Axar trading more in sixes than fours, Dravid also confided the each- rounder’s fur. Axar smashed six outsides and three boundaries and scored at a strike rate of nearly 210 to keep India in the game till the time he was at the crinkle. “ He’s clearly doing a really good job and his fur is coming on( in) hops and bounds. We always knew his quality with the ball and it was just about developing his fur. He’s working really hard on it. Actually, we had linked him more than a time
“It’s( fur) an area of his game that we’ve linked, we know that it’s important for us to have that and whatever openings Axar has got, especially with Jadeja missing quite a lot of justice, he has n’t let us down in Test justice, ODIs, whether it’s been then, ” added Dravid.
Sri Lanka, after setting a target of 207 for India, confined Hardik Pandya’s side to 190 to take the series to the decider at Rajkot on Saturday. Among fast- bowling each- rounders, Shivam Mavi had proved to be an ideal antipode for commander Hardik Pandya, Dravid said, and it had “ brought a smile ” on his face.
The youthful pace bowler scored a quick- fire 26 at the reverse- end, giving the trainer stopgap that he could be reckoned upon as a pinch- megahit in the ending overs. “ In the fast- bowling each-rounder area we calculate heavily on Hardik and we’re looking around for other people to step up and may be do the job for us. And, it was nice to see Mavi club moment( Thursday) so that’s like brings a smile on your face. I mean you can see one of you gormandize bowlers being suitable to club like that. ”
Bowling no balls in any format is a crime, said India commander Hardik Pandya, adding that it wasn’t about condemning Arshdeep Singh but the youthful leader needs to go back and amend his introductory crimes.
India drooped to a 16- run loss in the alternate T20I as Sri Lanka levelled the three- match series 1- 1.
Returning to the side after missing the nature, Arshdeep looked gravel and sailed as numerous as five no balls in his two overs, giving away 37 runs.
“You can have a good day, you can have a bad day, but you shouldn’t be moving down from the basics. For Arshdeep, in this situation, it’s veritably delicate. In the history as well, he’s sailed no- balls, ” Pandya said at the post-match donation.
“It isn’t about condemning him or being too hard on him, but we know no- balls in any format is a crime, ” Hardik Pandya felt India wasn’t over to the mark in the Powerplays both while bowling and fur.
“Both in bowling and fur, the Powerplay hurt us. We made some introductory crimes, which we should n’t be making at this position. Everyone knows what it is. The literacy for us is we should be fastening on what we can control, ” he said.
On debutant Rahul Tripathi being transferred to club at number three, Pandya said “ Rahul is oriented to playing atno. 3, and someone coming in, we want to give them a part they’re comfortable with. That’s why he maundered atNo. 3 ” Dasun Shanaka led from the front, starring with both club and ball.
The Sri Lankan commander, who hit a 22- ball 56 before defending 21 off the last over, was arbitrated ‘ Player of the match ’.
“ We could ’ve done well in the middle part. Game was set by the openers. Need to play well in the middle order to allow finishers to finish well, ” Shanaka said.
He lavished praise on Axar Patel and Suryakumar Yadav, who sutured a 91- run sixth- gate stage to nearly take the game down from Sri Lanka.
“It’s not the dew factor, it’s the skill of Indian batters. They took the game down from us but still we managed to hold the whim-whams. Really good to defend the total especially against India in these conditions. ”