Rohit Sharma in a post match interview after loosing the series to Australia expressed deep concerns that Team India is facing. Australia emerged victorious in the third and final ODI against India on Thursday, beating the home team by 21 runs. Despite coming close to the target, India were unable to seal the win, falling short in the end.
The loss is a disappointing end to the series for India, who had won the first match but lost matches thereafter. It also highlights some of the team’s ongoing struggles, particularly in the middle order and with the bowling attack.
In a disappointing end to the series, India lost the third and final ODI against Australia by 21 runs. Despite strong performances from captain Virat Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan, the middle order failed to deliver and the bowling attack struggled to contain Australia’s batsmen, resulting in a formidable total of 302/5.
The loss highlights some of India’s ongoing struggles, particularly in the middle order and with the bowling attack. While there were still some positives to take away from the match, such as the impressive performance of young all-rounder Hardik Pandya, the team will need to address these ongoing issues if they hope to compete at the highest level and bring home the trophy at the upcoming T20 World Cup.
In addition to these struggles, fitness woes have also become a major concern for the team. Jasprit Bumrah and Shreyas Iyer were both absent during the series due to recurring injuries, with Iyer now set to undergo surgery and miss both the IPL and the World Test Championship final.
Rohit Sharma concerned about fitness issues and its impact on Team India’s Performance
India captain Rohit Sharma has expressed concern over the fitness issues and the impact they are having on the team’s regular playing XI. Despite efforts to manage player workload and injuries, Rohit admits that freakish injuries can happen at any time and that some things are out of their control.
As India prepares for the upcoming T20 World Cup, the team will need to focus on addressing their ongoing issues in the middle order and bowling attack, as well as managing their players’ fitness to ensure they have their best 15 players ready for the tournament.
The India captain said that he was not a specialist to tell why recurring injuries are happening but hopes that by the World Cup, India would have their best 15 players ready.
“It is concerning. We are missing the players who are actually the playing XI players. Honestly, everyone’s trying their best to get everyone on the park. We’ve been focusing a lot on management of the players, which is why we have to rest certain players at certain point of time.” Rohit Sharma stated.
“From our side, we could do our best in terms of handling them.” Rohit continued, “But, I am not a specialist to tell you why recurring injuries are happening. The medical team of ours is looking into all of this and making sure that, come the World Cup, we’ve got our best 15 players ready,” said Rohit.
Rohit Sharma also admitted that given the amount of cricket the Indian team plays, injuries are bound to happen and that’s something out of their control.
“Not looking too much into it. What’s in your hands, you can control that and we are just trying to control all of that. Players are frustrated as well. They want to play; they don’t want to miss out. It’s a little sad, but at the end of the day you cannot really do too much.”
“Freakish injuries can happen at any point of time. Shreyas was sitting the whole day. He just went to take a knock and the injury happened,” said Rohit.