India’s veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh has lambasted the fielding of India during the first ODI match against Australia in Sydney. With Indian bowlers already having an off day, the lax fielding further allowed Australia to put a mammoth 375 runs target. Shikhar Dawan, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya misjudged the ball and dropped the catches.
While chasing the target, India had an early fall of top-order although Dhawan and Pandya tried to fix the things but eventually, could not seal the win. As a result, Australia won the match by 66 runs, taking the lead in the three-match series.
Harbhajan Singh points out India’s lapses in the first ODI:
Harbhajan Singh was disappointed with India’s fielding effort. He said that misfield put more pressure on the bowlers who were already being taken for a ride by the Aussie batsmen.
“Things didn’t go India’s way. I would say India played some good cricket (in Sydney) but in patches. But, yeah, the fielding was a bit sloppy, lot of misfield, lot of missed catches,” Harbhajan said on India Today Live.
“In the international arena, you would want to take each (and every catch) that comes your way but unfortunately that didn’t happen today. If the fielders are not supporting the bowler, the bowler is going to get hurt. That’s what happened today,” Harbhajan Singh added.
Harbhajan Singh added that apart from Mohammed Shami, all the Indian bowlers foundered. The spinner, who has himself enjoyed success in Australia, stated that bowlers need to adjust the line lengths of Australia’s pitches quickly. He also finds fault in India’s bowling strategy.
“I think apart from (Mohammed) Shami everyone had an off day. This was the first game and playing in Australia you got to adjust to the bounce and the conditions. What all lengths you need to bowl. So, the Indian bowling line, to start with, they bowled the initial overs a bit short with the new ball,” he further said.
“Could’ve looked to bowl a little fuller for an early breakthrough, which didn’t happen, and that’s one of the reasons Australia got a lot of runs on the board which weakened India’s chances while chasing,” Harbhajan signed off.
Meanwhile, India and Australia will play the second ODI match on Sunday (November 27) at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).