Disappointed with the way I got out, our batting didn’t pan out as planned: Shubman Gill | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: India skipper Shubman Gill expressed his disappointment with the team’s batting performance in the opening T20I against Zimbabwe on Saturday. He believed that he should have taken more responsibility and batted through the innings.
Despite fielding a team filled with promising young talent, India suffered a surprising 13-run defeat at the hands of a relatively inexperienced Zimbabwean side in the first match of the five-game series in Harare.The loss highlighted the need for improvement in the Indian batting lineup.
“Halfway through (the match) we had lost five wickets, and it would’ve been best for us if I stayed there till the end. I am very disappointed with the way I got out and the rest of the match panned out,” said Gill, as quoted by PTI, in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“There was a bit of hope for us. But while chasing 115 and your No.10 batter is out there, you know something is wrong,” he added.
India recently secured victory in the T20 World Cup, although the winning squad featured a different group of cricketers compared to the current lineup.
According to Gill, the team struggled to implement their strategies effectively during the match.
“We spoke about taking time and enjoying our batting but it didn’t pan out that way,” he added.
Despite limiting the home team to a modest total of 115 for nine, the Indian skipper felt that his side’s fielding performance was slightly below their usual standards.
“We bowled pretty well. We let ourselves down in the field. We were not up to standard and everyone looked a bit rusty,” he noted.
Job isn’t done: Raza
Zimbabwe skipper Sikandar Raza expressed his joy and satisfaction following his team’s impressive victory. However, he cautioned his players against complacency, emphasizing that the series is far from over.
“Feel really happy about the win. But the job is not done, the series is not over. World champions play like world champions so we need to be ready for the next game,” said Raza.
Raza expressed his dissatisfaction with Zimbabwe’s batting performance, despite the team’s overall success. He emphasized the need for the batsmen to step up and deliver better results in the upcoming games.
“This isn’t a wicket where you get bowled out for 115. Credit to the bowlers of both sides. It’s clearly an indication that we need to up our skills. We had our plans, we stuck to it and we backed our guys,” he said.
The 38-year-old said his side’s catching and fielding were excellent and kept the pressure on India.
“Our catching and ground fielding was amazing but we did make some errors. It shows that there’s room for improvement. We knew the fans would lift us up and give us energy, credit to them, it helped us,” he said.

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