Team India’s vice-captain KL Rahul backed the bowlers after yet another disappointing outing that saw the hosts stack up a total close to the 400-run mark. The wicket-keeper batsman added that the bowling unit needs to adapt quickly to combat the batting-friendly conditions on show in Australia so far.
After conceding 374 runs in the first ODI, the Indian bowling attack were once again taken to the cleaners by the Australians with a 390-run drubbing. The bowlers have lacked potency across all stages of the game and are yet to pose any threat to the commanding opposition batting unit.
Speaking after their 51-run loss in the second ODI which sealed their fate in the series, KL Rahul asserted that India have to revisit their mantra when it comes to white-ball cricket.
“I would not agree when you say they are struggling. It’s different conditions, different format. It’s learning for us to sit back and think of how to do better when playing on such good batting wickets,”
“In white-ball cricket, it is vital to get wickets regularly, then only you can keep the run-rate under check…We have to find (our) mantra to get wickets and the batting unit has to think about how to stretch the 30-40-run partnerships,” Rahul said during the press conference in Sydney
Several questions have been raised around Jasprit Bumrah, who has had a horrid year when it comes to ODI cricket. With barely any numbers to show in the wickets column, the pacer has been dealt with easily so far. However, Rahul confidently claimed that Bumrah will return back to his best soon.
“We all know Jasprit is very fiery and competitive on the field. He means a lot to this set up, we know the value of Jasprit. It’s about time that a champion player comes back and delivers and gets wickets for us.”
Morale high in dressing room despite series loss states Rahul
After facing successive defeats in Sydney, India will only have pride to play for in Canberra during the third and final ODI. Despite being outplayed in both the fixtures, the Kings XI Punjab skipper asserted that it has not affected the morale in any way.
“The mood in the camp is still very positive, Sometimes, as a team you can learn to accept that the opposition played better cricket. It’s home conditions for them. Quite honestly, we played 50-over cricket after a long, long time.
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