Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian captain to lose a T20I series against Sri Lanka on Thursday after falling seven wickets down in the final T20.
After the game, the Indian opener reflected on the problematic situation created by COVID-19 and favored overcoming difficulties and fighting the competition.
Shikhar Dhawan returned with terrible luck, while his top nine players were out of the series. On Tuesday, Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19, and the second T20I was rescheduled for Wednesday.
Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Chahar, Krishnappa Gautam, Ishan Kishan and Yuzvendra Chahal – eight players were dropped from the series due to close contact with the all-rounder.
Despite the difficulties, the BCCI and the Indian team management decided to continue the series. Team India was forced to make its XI from the remaining spare members in the team.
“It was a difficult situation for us, but as a team we decided we would stay and play the series. I am really proud of the boys too. They showed great character in the last two games. His attitude was tremendous, and we wanted to win too. You learn in every game, ”said Shikhar Dhawan at the post-match presentation ceremony.
In the final T20, India managed only 81 runs in its 20 overs. What didn’t help his cause was the lack of resources that forced him to pick four expert batsmen and six bowlers.
Speaking about the match, Shikhar Dhawan added:
“The last game was very close, today was a day for the batting unit, but the boys will learn from it. We have lost a lot of wickets today and the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled well. When you lose an early wicket and you don’t have long batting, you’re under pressure. We’re glad we’re back in the 80’s. “
Shared my experience with the people of Sri Lanka: Shikhar Dhawan
Along with most of the senior members of the Indian national side in England, Shikhar Dhawan was entrusted with the responsibility of leading a group. The young Indian team won the ODI match 2-1, while losing the T20 by the same margin.
Shikhar Dhawan praised both the parties for participating in the right spirit and also said that he shared his experience with the Sri Lankan team, who wanted to know their process.
“Both teams played with great spirit. It’s beautiful that we were competitive in the field, and there was respect. The Sri Lankan boys want to know what my process is, I just share my experience. I hope they enjoy hearing this, ”said Shikhar Dhawan, who congratulated the host and signed.
India’s next limited overs assignment will be the T20 World Cup in October. Starting in August Gust, they will lock the horns against England in a series of five Test matches.
“I should thank the BCCI, they agreed to play in these circumstances. Special thanks to Rahul Dravid and Shikhar Dhawan.” Dasun Shanaka | Captain of Sri Lanka #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/IreIiqXDAE
– Sri Lanka Cricket @ (ffOffialSLC) July 29, 2021