Author: Tasirul Momin
Indian captain Virat Kohli criticized the team’s poor fielding after losing the second T20 match against the West Indies, saying that if this remains the same then defending any score would be hard for the bowlers.
He asked the players to be more ‘focused’ during the fielding. In the match played on Sunday, Washington Sundar and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant dropped opener Lendl Simmons’ and Nicholas Pooran’s catch on two consecutive balls of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Simmons scored an unbeaten 67 off 45 balls, while Nicholas Pooran played 38 runs unbeaten inning off 18 balls, which helped the West Indies clinch the match by eight wickets to level the series. Kohli said after the match at the prize distribution ceremony, “if our fielding remains this bad then no score would be enough to defend.”
Our fielding in the last two matches have been quite poor. We dropped two catches in (Sundar and Pant) one over. If we had taken both wickets, the pressure would have been on the Caribbeans.
He said that everyone needs to be prompt in the field. Third T20I will now be a do or die match for us. Batting first, the Indian team has lost seven in the last 15 T20 matches.
When Kohli was asked about this figure, he said, the figures say a lot. I think we were in a good position after scoring 140 for 4 wickets in the first 16 overs, but things did not go our way in the last four overs. We should have scored 40-45 runs in this, while we could only manage to score 30 runs. We have to pay attention to this.
The Indian captain praised left-handed young batsman, Shivam Dubey, who scored 54 off 30 balls. Kohli said we decided to send Dubey to third-position, which turned out to be a correct decision. He said that with his innings, we were able to reach the 170 mark. To be honest, the visitors bowled well. They assessed the pitch better than us, they played well and deserved the victory.
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard was satisfied that his bowlers were able to stop India for 170 runs. He said it was fantastic to stop India at such score. Also giving credit to the batsman who managed to chase down the target.
He praised leg-spinner Hayden Walsh, who took two wickets for 28 runs in four overs. Pollard said, there are some players in the team who have done well in CPL. I am thrilled about the young players. Walsh’s four overs were superb.
India and West Indies will play the third match, which will now be the series decider and will be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on 11th December.
Cover image credits: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019