6 Jul 2024

India-Zimbabwe T20 series: Shubman Gill reflects on Team India's performance after loss in opening match, said...

After Zimbabwe defeated India by 13 runs in the first match of the five-match T20 series, Indian cricket team captain Shubman Gill shared his thoughts on the game. Reflecting on the team's performance, he acknowledged India's effective bowling but pointed out that the fielding did not meet their usual standards.

Gill said, "We bowled very well but our fielding was not good according to our standards." He elaborated on the team's strategy, noting that they aimed to take their time and enjoy the batting without succumbing to pressure. 

"There were not many runs. Our plan was to take time and enjoy batting. Not to play under much pressure," he explained. However, the match did not unfold as they had hoped. With half the team getting out quickly, it became difficult to sustain the chase.

Shubman Gill expressed his disappointment over his dismissal, saying, "It would have been good for the team if I had played till the end. But that didn't happen. After that, the way I got out was very disappointing." 

Gill further highlighted the crucial moment when hope persisted as long as Washington Sundar was at the crease. "As long as Washington was playing, we had hope. But if you chase 115 runs and depend on the 10th wicket to win the match, then something is wrong somewhere," he admitted.

How the new players performed?

In this match, three players made their debut for Team India. Riyan Parag, Abhishek Sharma, and Dhruv Jurel played their first international T20 match. Unfortunately, their performance did not live up to expectations. Abhishek Sharma, who opened the batting, was dismissed for zero. Riyan Parag managed to score only two runs, and Dhruv Jurel contributed six runs.

These players had secured their places in the team due to their impressive performances in the last IPL season. Riyan Parag, playing for Rajasthan, scored 576 runs in IPL 2024. Abhishek Sharma scored 484 runs for Hyderabad, and Dhruv Jurel scored 195 runs for Rajasthan. Despite their IPL success, the transition to international cricket proved challenging in their debut match.

Challenges lie ahead for new lineup

The Indian cricket team that toured Zimbabwe was notably young, with several senior players rested following their T20 World Cup victory in 2024. Under the leadership of Shubman Gill, these young players were given the opportunity to showcase their talents and carry forward the legacy of their predecessors. The team was expected to start the series with a strong performance, reminiscent of their T20 World Cup triumph under retired captain Rohit Sharma. But the first match highlighted the challenges that lie ahead for this new lineup.

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