Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP

Ravi Shastri, the former India head coach has hit out at the Indian team over their poor fielding against Australia in the first T20I of the series. India lost their first T20I match of the series vs Australia despite scoring 208 runs. The visitors gunned down a record total owing to some shoddy fielding.

Despite scoring a massive total of 208 runs in the first innings, India failed to contain the visitors as they made merry in the field and gunned down a record total at Mohali on Tuesday, 20 September.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo: Twitter)

Ravi Shastri Said He Missed Indian Team’s Youth And Fielding In The 1st T20I

Cameron Green has proven his class as an opener and Matthew Wade came to Australia’s rescue yet again in a thrilling four-wicket victory over India in the first T20I in Mohali.

In reply to India’s 6-208, Cameron Green made the most of his first chance at opener by pounding 61 off 30 balls as Australia reached 1-109 off 10 overs. Cameron Green’s departure sparked a collapse of 4-36 as India put the clamps on the run rate.

Australia needed 55 off the last 24 balls to secure an unlikely victory in the series opener, and Matthew Wade came to the party. Matthew Wade, the hero from last year’s semi-final victory at the 2021 T20I World Cup, smashed an unbeaten 45 off 21 balls to get Australia over the line with four balls to spare.

“If you look at all the top Indian teams over the years, there is youth and experience. I find the youth missing here and hence the fielding.

“If you look at the last five-six years, fielding wise, I think this side is no match to any of the top sides when it comes to fielding. And that can hit badly in big tournaments,” Ravi Shastri said after the match.

Australian cricketers Matthew Wade and Pat Cummins hug after beating India (AP: Manish Swarup)
Australian cricketers Matthew Wade and Pat Cummins hug after beating India (AP: Manish Swarup)

India dropped three catches in total against Australia, out of which two were crucial of Cameron Green and Matthew Wade, both of whom went on to become the architects of the Australian win. While Cameron Green was dropped on 42 and went on to make 61 off just 30 balls, Matthew Wade played a terrific knock of 45 off just 21 balls, late in the day.

Ravi Shastri Disappointed With India’s Fielding Standard

He further spoke about the impact of fielding on the batting side which has to score additional runs to cover up the deficit caused by the fielding unit.

“It means that as a batting side you have to get that 15-20 runs game after game, because if you look around the field, where is brilliance? There is no Jadeja. Where is that X-factor?” Ravi Shastri further added.

Cameron Green scred 61 off 30 after being elevated to the top of the order.(Getty: Pankaj Nangia)
Cameron Green scored 61 off 30 after being elevated to the top of the order.(Getty: Pankaj Nangia)

“What I was disappointed today with was the standard of fielding. I mean, it looks sloppy and I think you need a big upping of the ante when it comes to the fielding if you have to beat big sides in big competitions,” Ravi Shastri concluded his assessment.

Before Mohali, Cameron Green’s highest T20I score was only 36. After Mohali, he may just be the ideal understudy to Australia’s T20I openers. The series will now move to Nagpur, where the second match is scheduled to be played on 23 September.