Rahul Dravid, the head coach of Team India, had supported his fast bowlers despite the fact that they overthrew Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 international and lacked restraint when it came to no-balls and wides.
Arshdeep Singh and Shivam Mavi, for example, are very inexperienced at the international level and are likely to have some terrible days, Dravid noted.
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On January 5, Sri Lanka defeated India by 16 runs in Pune to level the three-match series. Arshdeep, a left-arm seamer who missed the first game but was making a comeback, had a disappointing day.
He bowled up to five no-balls in two overs, three of which came off consecutive pitches. Towards the close of Sri Lanka’s innings, he even had Player of the Match Dasun Shanaka (56* off 22) caught off a no-ball.
Shivam Mavi, who made his T20I debut, went for 53 runs in four overs. He had one no-ball and two wide balls. After being chosen to bat first, Sri Lanka took full advantage of the Indian bowlers’ indiscipline to post a massive 206-6. The visitors then limited India to 190-score.
“There are a lot of youngsters playing in this team”: Rahul Dravid
During the post-game press conference, Rahul Dravid encouraged patience in response to India’s lackluster bowling, noting that the young bowlers are working hard to develop their abilities.
“Nobody wants to bowl wides (no-balls) in any format. Especially in T20s, they can hurt you. We need to be patient with a lot of these young kids. There are a lot of youngsters playing in this team, especially our bowling attack. They are young kids; they will sometimes have games as these,” Rahul Dravid said.
“We all need to be patient with them and understanding. Of course, they are working hard, and we keep trying to help them, support them technically and also just create the right environment for them to be able to get the best out of their skills,” Rahul Dravid added.