The Men in Blue beat Sri Lanka with six goals in their second Super 4 clash on Tuesday, September 6. Before that, they also lost to arch rivals Pakistan by five goals. .
With two consecutive losses, the Indian team is left with only one mathematical chance to reach the final of the T20 event. Discussing India’s lackluster performance, Sharma said that the team’s plans leave a lot to be desired. He said India News:
“There seems to be some miscommunication between the team management and the captain.”
Elaborating on his point, he points to Deepak Hooda’s odd choice over Dinesh Karthik. Sharma stated:
“If you’re picking Deepak Hooda, that means he’s your sixth bowling pick. In both matches, however, he was unfailing. If the captain wasn’t confident in his bowling, India could have played a match that ended in Dinesh Karthik. There are many holes in India’s strategy. “
Karthik was selected in place of Rishabh Pant for the opening match of the tournament against Pakistan. However, after Ravindra Jadeja’s injury, the management prioritized Pant over Karthik as goalkeeper for Super 4 matches because they wanted a left-handed player in the center position.
“If you have more faith in Pant, then why was Karthik chosen?” – Sharma on Team India’s lack of planning
Continuing the debate over the Indian team’s strategy, Sharma suggested that the move to play both Hooda and Pant against Karthik was confusing. He remarked urging think tanks to scrutinize their failures:
“India needs to analyze where they are going wrong. If India sees Hooda as a finisher, then why is Karthik on the team? If you’re not playing Karthik in this situation, when are you going to play him? If you have more faith in Pant, then why was Karthik chosen out of 15?
“A lot of questions will be asked now that India has lost. When a team wins, such questions will not be raised. But once you lose, all these queries come to mind.”
Hit the first ball after losing the toss, Team India put up 173 for eight across the board. Sri Lanka, however, snuck home in the final game with a ball to spare.