With the bad batting performance in the first T20 International, Skipper Virat Kohli said, they is looking to give more chances to youngsters KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.
Rahul made an impressive half-century on his comeback but Pant was needlessly run-out during India’s three-wicket defeat against Australia in the first T20 International.
Chasing a target of 127, Australia were cruising along before Jasprit Bumrah’s (3/16 in 4 overs) brilliant 19th over nearly won the game for India.
“We want to give Rahul and Rishab more game-time. Rahul played a really good knock and we had a good partnership. Had we gone on, we could have got 150, which would have been a match-winning score on this pitch. But Australia played better cricket overall and deserved to win,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
However, he didn’t forget to praise his bowlers for making a match of a low target like 127.
“Very pleased with the bowling effort. Never thought we would be in this situation but Bumrah can do wonders when the ball is reversing. Even Mayank (Markande) bowled brilliantly (17th over), I thought,” said Kohli.