“It Wasn’t 117 Wickets”: Rohit Sharma’s Blunt Take On India’s Disappointment In 2nd ODI
India was defeated by Australia in the second ODI© AFP
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma expressed his disappointment and said that the wicket was not bad enough to lose 10 wickets for 117 runs in the second ODI against Australia in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Virat Kohli and Axar Patel were the only two batsmen from India to cross the 25-run mark as Mitchell Starc ran the gamut for Australia with a brilliant five-wicket haul. Rohit lamented the way the Indian batsmen were not gifted their wickets on such a dangerous surface and pointed out how the dismissals of Shubman Gill and himself put the hosts in a difficult spot in the early overs.
“If you lose a game, it’s disappointing. We didn’t apply ourselves with the bat. Didn’t get enough runs on the board. It wasn’t 117 wickets. Kept losing wickets and it didn’t get us the runs we wanted . Once we got Shubman out in the first over itself, me and Virat scored 30-35 in quick succession. But then I lost my wicket and we lost. We lost two wickets in a row. So we were on the back foot. It is always tough to come back from that situation,” Rohit said after the encounter.
Rohit also praised Mitchell Starc as well as the Australian duo of Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh, who scored half-centuries to guide the visitors to a comfortable 10-wicket win.
“Today was not our day. Starc is a classy bowler. He is doing it for Australia with the new ball. He kept bowling to his strengths. Swinging the new ball and taking the odd ball away. Kept the batsmen guessing. Marsh has got to be one of the top players when it comes to power hitting. He outdoes himself every time he does it. Definitely in the top three when it comes to power hitting And it happens in four.
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