Rohit Sharma and Co suffered a defeat against Australia in the opening fixture of the three-match T20I series. The Men in Blue managed to post a score of 200+ but was unable to defend despite setting a mammoth target.
Echoing on the same lines, former Indian pacer RP Singh issued a warning to the Indian team stating that these are not positive signs for the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Jasprit Bumrah can also be taken to the cleaners, reckons RP Singh
“These aren’t great signs ahead of the T20 World Cup. When we didn’t do well at the Asia Cup, we thought it was because we didn’t have Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah. Harshal Patel was there on the side for this game, but we still ended up on the losing side. It is also possible that even Jasprit Bumrah will be taken to the cleaners if he returns for the next two games,” Singh said on Cricbuzz.
“So, we shouldn’t expect our star player to return from injury and win the games. The management will have to utilize the players available because we are losing the games eventually. The performance of the Indian team is dipping as we get closer to the World Cup,” he added.
RP Singh highlights the reason for India’s loss in the series opener
The former left-arm pacer also stated that there was never a period when the Indian bowlers controlled the game against Australia.
“There was never a period during the Australian run chase where India was able to dominate. Australia kept on hitting boundaries at regular intervals while also taking singles consistently. Apart from that Umesh Yadav’s over where he picked up two wickets, there wasn’t a single over where the Indian bowlers made an impact. It isn’t a matter of skill, but maybe they weren’t able to execute their plan well,” Singh added.