India captain Rohit Sharma admitted that there is still a lot of room for improvement in his bowling and he will have to look at different options after a 49-run loss against South Africa in the third and final T20 International here on Tuesday.
India captain Rohit Sharma admitted that there is still a lot of room for improvement in his bowling and he will have to look at different options after a 49-run loss against South Africa in the third and final T20 International here on Tuesday. Riley Rosseau scored an unbeaten 100 off 48 balls with eight sixes and seven fours, apart from 90 for the second wicket with De Kock (68) and 87 for the third wicket with Tristan Stubbs (23) to help South Africa to a mammoth score of 227 runs for three wickets.
In reply, the Indian team lost wickets at regular intervals and the team never looked in a position to chase down the target and were eventually bundled out for 178 runs in 18.3 overs. Dinesh Karthik scored 46 runs for India. Apart from them, only Deepak Chahar (31), Rishabh Pant (27) and Umesh Yadav (20 not out) could touch the 20-run mark. Dwayne Pretorius took three wickets for 26 runs for South Africa. Keshav Maharaj (2 for 34), Wayne Parnell (2 for 41) and Lungi Ngidi (2 for 51) played well with them and took two wickets each.
The Indian captain said after the match, “As a team, we said from the beginning that whatever the outcome, there is always room for improvement. Even though we are doing well in all three departments, we want to keep improving. Opportunities can be found . We played against two world-class teams. We must have sat down and thought about what we could do better. It will be challenging and we have to find answers as we work in this direction.”
Rohit said more clarity is needed on what the players want to achieve. “The players need a lot more clarity about what they want to achieve and it’s my job to make sure that happens,” he said. We will continue to do that.” South Africa captain Temba Bavuma, who lost the first two matches of the series, admitted such a win would boost the team’s confidence.
“Winning like this is very important for our confidence. There were a lot of positives about this game. Looking back, our batting didn’t do much in the first game. We weren’t able to adapt to the conditions.” Bavuma said: “In the second match we had such plans which we did not execute. Today we were very clear about the plans and what we were trying to do.
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