The captain of Team India, Rohit Sharma, did not think that the bowlers’ effectiveness was impacted in any way by the ball change that occurred during Australia’s second innings in Indore. The Indian captain emphasized that the hosts simply lacked the necessary number of runs to defend on Day 3 of the Test.
On March 3, Australia defeated India in Indore by a margin of nine wickets. With Travis Head at 49 and Marnus Labuschagne at 28, the visitors, who needed 76 runs to win, reached their destination in 18.5 overs.
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When India started the day on the back foot, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Usman Khawaja for a duck. In the opening 10 overs, the Indian bowlers kept things in check. But, things appeared to get somewhat simpler for the Australian hitters after a change of ball.
Following India’s defeat, Rohit addressed a news conference and minimized the discussion of the ball change and its effects.
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“It was only 70 runs to get, so you can’t really look too much into the ball and all that. It’s just that we needed more runs on the board. Those little things that happen on the ground don’t really affect the skills and the mindset of the player” Rohit Sharma said.
“We felt the ball was not right, we changed it”: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma added that had the bowlers taken some wickets after the ball was changed, such questions wouldn’t be asked.
“We felt the ball was not right, we changed it. Whenever you change the ball, if things don’t fall into place, then it looks like, ‘Oh, the ball wasn’t doing much.’ But had we gotten two or three wickets with that other ball, it would have been a different story. “There weren’t enough runs on the board and that is where we should look at. That is what we are disappointed with – not (with) the ball” Rohit Sharma said.
India was dismissed for 109 and 163 runs in Indore as Australia’s slow bowlers dominated the game on a wicket that encouraged spin.
The Indian team struggled on the challenging Indore track before being bowled out for 109 runs and 163 runs. Rohit Sharma and company won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series after winning the first two games, despite Australia winning the match.
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