After the four-wicket loss of his match to Australia in the first T20I in Mohali, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya said the team was unable to carry out its plans and deliveries. Indian bowlers came out on top again as they failed to defend the 209-run goal in the first T20I against Australia here at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
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India is now 0-1 behind in the three-game T20I series. “There was no dew, you just have to give them some credit for playing good cricket. They played some good shots. We were unable to carry out our plans and deliveries,” Pandya said at a press conference after the match. .
As to whether the expensive 18th over from Harshal Patel was a turning point in the match, Pandya said nothing can be determined. “It’s a game. Even Australia conceded 24-25 runs in an over. It’s a bilateral series. We’ll try to get better,” he added.
The all-rounder praised Cameron Green for his brilliant half-century, which laid the foundation for a successful pursuit by the Aussies. “Good of him to play with the way he played. We watched a lot of videos and did a lot of preparation. In the end it’s about the execution. You can watch the videos, but if you plan, it will hurt you. He played some good shots,” he said.
Asked if the absence of pacemaker Jasprit Bumrah will harm the team, Pandya said: “We all know what brings Bumrah to the sidelines and how important he is to us. There will be concerns here and there, it’s fine. These fifteen are the best players in the country and that’s why they play. Bumrah’s presence makes a big difference. But he’s coming after an injury, he should be given enough time to come back and not put too much pressure on himself.”
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Pandya said he is not worried about his own achievements and failures because of the career chart he has had over the years. “I’ve also scored zeros. I’ve been neutral. For me it’s important that I focus on the next game and be ready for something new so I can be one step ahead,” he said.