Pakistani wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal defended Shikhar Dhawan’s slow stroke against Sri Lanka in the second T20I. Dhawan consumed 42 deliveries in his innings of 40 runs.
While some believe Dhawan was a slow tap by T20 standards, Kamran Akmal opined that the Indian skipper had no choice but to play the role of anchor.
After Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19, all seven players who were in close contact with him had to be isolated. They were not available for selection and India had to rely on only five batsmen available on the roster.
Kamran Akmal felt that under such circumstances it was a responsible tap from Dhawan.
“Dhawan knew there wasn’t much to hit and tried to get his innings as deep as possible. Although the hit rate was lower, it was the requirement of the situation and the team that he play that way. If he’d been released early . ” “India couldn’t even have scored that much,” said Kamran Akmal on his YouTube channel.
India showed a great fight right up to the end: Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal was also impressed by India’s spirited performance on the field while defending a modest total of 132. The bowlers were brilliant and let Sri Lanka win every single run until the last time.
Akmal thinks India can still gain confidence from this game that will go into the series’ decision on Thursday.
You need to get more runs as Kamran Akmal said another 10-15 runs would have been difficult for the hosts.
“It was an amazing performance from India to get this close. If they had played with six real batsmen they could have scored 10-15 extra runs and that would have been difficult for Sri Lanka. But the captaincy was good and they did it proved. ” great fight to the end, “signed Kamran Akmal.