We let ourselves down a little bit with our bowling: Mr. Rohit Sharma
We let ourselves down a little bit with our bowling: Mr. Rohit Sharma
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London, June 11: After losing to Australia by 209 runs in the World Test Championship Final at The Oval, India skipper Rohit Sharma said that the team let themselves down a little bit with their bowling on Day One of the flagship event.

On the first day of the five-day match, Travis Head (163) and Steve Smith (121) took full advantage of India’s lacklustre bowling to stitch a 285-run partnership and help Australia’s first innings total to 469, meaning Rohit & Co had to play catchup the entire match and eventually lost by 209 runs.

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“It was a difficult one. We got off to a good start by winning the toss and sending them in to bat under such circumstances. We bowled fairly effectively in the first session, but then we fell a little short in the second.”

“However, credit must be given to the Australian batters, particularly Travis Head, who came in and played exceptionally well.” That caught us off guard for a while, and we realised it was always difficult to return. We put on a show. “We fought hard, but congratulations to Australia,” Rohit remarked at the post-match ceremony.

Rohit further said that, with the exception of Ajinkya Rahane’s (89) and Shardul Thakur’s (51), none of his batters applied themselves. Despite Rahane and Thakur’s heroics in the first innings, India were bowled out for 296, surrendering a massive 173-run advantage, and were swept out for 234 in a lengthy opening session on day five of an unlikely chase of 444.

“We spoke about a number of stuff. We discussed bowling tighter lines. However, it did not work out. Such things can happen. After being 5 down for 150, I felt Rahane and Shardul put up a terrific fightback.”

“They stood up and formed a solid partnership there, keeping us in the game.” In the second innings, we bowled quite well. We failed to apply ourselves with the bat once again. It was an excellent pitch to bat on. The surface performed well for the whole five days, and we failed to capitalise,” Rohit remarked.

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