‘We weren’t brave…’: admits Rohit Sharma after India’s defeat against Australia in Border-Gavaskar Trophy
India captain Rohit Sharma on Friday said his team lacked courage and lacked ability in the third Test against Australia but termed the nine-wicket haul as “a strange match”. After trailing 0-2 in the series and conceding the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australia fought back mightily to record a memorable victory and secure their place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final over Rank Turner at the Holkar Stadium.
“When you are playing on challenging pitches you have to bowl. We allowed their bowlers to bowl at one spot. To take no credit from their bowlers especially, Nathan Lyon. We had to try And had to be brave, which I think we weren’t,” Rohit said at the presentation ceremony.
Lyon returned excellent figures of 8/64 in India’s second innings to pave the way for an Australian victory.
“A weird game can be one where things don’t come together, but you still need players to come together and chip in.
He said, “We wanted some people to stand up, but it didn’t happen. We were a little behind and we didn’t apply ourselves the way we wanted to.”
Rohit and Co. haven’t started thinking about the fourth Test in Ahmedabad but said the team will need to regroup quickly after the heavy defeat.
“When you lose a Test match, there are a lot of things that don’t go in our favour. To start with, we didn’t bat well in the first innings. We understand how important it is to put runs on the board.” First innings.
“And obviously when they got a lead of 80-90 runs, we needed a big performance with the bat but we could not do that.
“Honestly, we haven’t thought about it (Ahmedabad Test) yet. We have just finished this Test so we need to regroup and try. We need to understand that we need to play as a team. needs to be improved.” The hosts were dismissed for 163 in their second innings, leaving Australia a target of just 76 runs.
One of the biggest architects of the Australian victory was veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who took eight wickets in India’s second innings on the second day of the match.
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