The Indian team, under the guidance of Hardik Pandya, came from a 0-2 deficit to 2-2 at the 5th match of the T20I series against West Indies, with only the final match in sight. Both teams arrived in the United States of America where Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal played key roles in improving their performance.
Pandya acknowledged that this was only the starting point and urged the batters to be prepared for more significant situations.
“Gill and Jaiswal were undoubtedly skilled players. They only required some playing time in between wickets.” Pandya stated, “We need to become more responsible as a batting group and support the bowlers.”
Despite being behind 2-0 in the first two games, India managed to win the third and fourth matches and return to the series with a strong performance.
Pandya was understandably ecstatic with the team’s performance.
“We were beaten in two games, but our mistakes in the first game led to a slip-up. We discussed how these games showcase our character.”
“The boys took it easy after the defeats. We demonstrated that we pulled up our socks and played some good cricket in both games,” he added.
Jaiswal, who had an unbeaten record of 84 runs off 51 balls, was named man of the match and his bat was in line with the team’s requirements.
The West Indies captain, Rovman Powell, emphasized the importance of batsmen following their plans and playing better with India’s spinners.
According to Powell, they didn’t follow through on their plans and assumed that the outcome of this series would depend on our performance against the spinners from India.
With the assistance of PTI inputs.