“Not a Pleasing Batting Performance”, Hardik Opens on Losing 2nd T20I vs WI

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Hardik opens on losing 2nd T20I vs WI: Indian stand-in captain Hardik Pandya opens up on facing their second consecutive defeat against West Indies in the ongoing 5-match T20I series.

During the India tour of West Indies 2023, both teams are scheduled to play 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is between July 12 to August 13. India won the first Test of the series by an inning and 141 runs and won the 2 Match Tests series as the second Test resulted in a DRAW after the rain interrupted the final day of the match.

India also trashed the host in the ODI format and won the ODI trophy by winning the 1st ODI and 3rd ODI of 3 match ODI series.

The aggressive Indian team fails to prove their worth in the T20I format, in the absence of senior players, Hardik has been named as the captain of the Indian T20I team. With few overseas experienced players, India failed to impress and lost the first T20I by 4 runs and lost the 2nd T20I by 2 wickets.

Hardik opens on losing 2nd T20I vs WI

Speaking on the 2nd T20I vs West Indies, India won the toss and opted to bat first and scored 152 runs for 7 wickets loss while the hosts chased the target with 7 balls left.

During the post-match presentation of the 2nd T20I vs WI, Indian stand-in captain Hardik opens on losing 2nd T20I vs WI and accepts the failure of the batters.

“If am being honest that was not a pleasing batting performance, we could have batted better. 160+ or 170 would have been a good total. The way he(Pooran) has been batting, becomes very difficult to rotate spinners and the way he batted, took the game quite into their hands”.

“With the current combination we have we will have to trust our top 7 batters to come good and hope the bowlers win you games. We have to find ways to make sure we have the right balance but at the same time, batters need to take more responsibility. The left-hander coming at 4 gives us variety. It doesn’t feel like it’s his second international game”, Hardik added.

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Indian cricket team need to win the upcoming 3rd T20I game to stay alive in the 5-match T20I series. The 3rd T20I of the series will be played on August 8 at Providence Stadium, Guyana.