Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: BCCI)

Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team lost by 49 runs against Temba Bavuma-led South Africa National Cricket Team in the third match of the three-match T20I series at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, October 4.

India won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first in the match. Umesh Yadav cleaned up skipper Temba Bavuma early on in the innings, but after that things didn’t go in the favour of the Indian team.

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Rilee Rossouw
Rilee Rossouw. Pic Credits: Twitter.

The Proteas batters – Rilee Rossouw and Quinton de Kock– decimated the Indian bowlers and added 89 runs in 47 balls. After losing the wicket of De Kock, Rilee Rossouw had yet another amazing 87 runs partnership in 44 balls with Tristan Stubbs. In the end, South Africa posted 227/3 on the board.

Rilee Rossouw smashed a marvellous 100* runs off 48 balls, including 7 fours and 8 sixes, and Quinton de Kock scored a brilliant 68 runs off 43 balls, including 6 fours and 4 sixes. Also, David Miller (19*) and Tristan Stubbs (23) made brilliant contributions.

Chasing the target, Rohit Sharma got out for a duck and Shreyas Iyer got out for 1. Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant scored 46 and 27 runs respectively. Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin also failed to contribute big runs.

In the end, Deepak Chahar smashed 31 runs off 17 balls, and Umesh Yadav scored decent 20 runs, but India were bundled out for 178 in 18.3 overs.

We want to keep getting better as a team – Rohit Sharma

India vs South Africa 2nd T20I
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During the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit Sharma said that Team India need to get better as a unit. He said:

As a team we said at the beginning, no matter what happens with the result – there’s always room for improvement. We want to keep getting better as a team. Teams have been quite challenging, they can challenge in all departments. Something we have been talking about at length.”

Rohit Sharma added that the Indian team will have to make big improvements in the bowling department ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. He also said that giving the role clarity to the players in the squad is his job. He elaborated:

We need to look at a lot of things. Surya’s form is a concern (laughs). We need to work on our bowling. We played against two quality sides, we came across tough challenges. We need to see what better we can do. We are working towards that, guys need a lot of clarity, it’s my job to make sure it happens. It’s a work in progress, we need to keep working and keep finding answers to it.”

Rohit Sharma further talked about India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad and said that several players have never played in Australian conditions and that’s the reason they have decided to travel to Australia early to get an idea of the conditions. He said:

“Lot of the guys haven’t been to Australia, that’s why we are going there early. We want to play on the bouncy pitches of Perth, we want to see what we can do there. Only 7,8 members of the squad have been to Australia, so we have organised a few practice games. We need to understand what combination we can play.”

Rohit Sharma further talked about pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah’s absence from India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad and said:

“Bumrah is out of the World Cup, so we need to find a bowler who has the experience of bowling in Australia. Not sure who that bowler is going to be, we will see once we travel to Australia, we’ll find it out there.”

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Getty Images)

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