Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian captain to lose a T20I series to Sri Lanka on Thursday after losing to his hosts with seven wickets in the last T20I.
After the game, the opener in India reflected the problematic situation exacerbated by COVID-19 and welcomed the team who triumphed over the adversity and held a competition.
Shikhar Dhawan was ruined by terrible luck after nine of his top players were banned from the series. On Tuesday, Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19 and the second T20I was postponed to Wednesday.
Eight other players – Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Chahar, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ishan Kishan and Yuzvendra Chahal – were excluded from the series due to close contact with the all-rounder.
Despite the adversity, the BCCI and the Indian team management decided to continue the series. Team India was forced to form its eleven from the substitute members in the squad.
“It was a difficult situation for us, but as a team we decided to stay and play the series. I am also very proud of the boys. You have shown great character in the last two games. Their attitude was great and we wanted to win too. You learn new things in every game, ”said Shikhar Dhawan at the award ceremony after the game.
India made a disappointing appearance in the last T20I after only making 81 of their 20 overs. What didn’t help their cause was that resource constraints forced them to choose four specialty rackets and six bowlers.
Regarding the game, Shikhar Dhawan added:
“The last game was close, today it was a day off for the striking unit, but the boys will learn from it. We lost too many wickets today and the Sri Lankan bowlers played well. When you lose early wickets and don’t have long shots, you are under pressure. We were glad we got into the 80s. “
I shared my experience with the guys from Sri Lanka: Shikhar Dhawan
With most of the senior members of the Indian national team in England, Shikhar Dhawan was entrusted with the responsibility of leading a young troop. While the young Indian team won the ODIs 2-1, they lost the T20Is by the same margin.
Shikhar Dhawan applauded both sides for coming up in the right spirit and also announced that he shared his experience with the Sri Lankan side who wanted to learn about his process.
“Both teams played very well. It’s nice that we were competitive in the field and that there was respect. The guys from Sri Lanka wanted to know how I go about it, I just shared my experience. I hope you enjoyed hearing, ”said Shikhar Dhawan, who congratulated the host.
India’s next limited edition outing will be the T20 World Cup in October. From August 4th they will face England in a series of five tests.