Despite a good start, the Indian batters couldn’t capitalize on the momentum and eventually got bundled out for 213 runs against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Asia Cup. Skipper Rohit Sharma gave a perfect start, hitting his third half-century on the trot but Dimuth Wellalage and Charith Asalanka wreaked havoc in the middle, which decimated the Men in Blue batters. KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan tried to counter but eventually failed.
“This is becoming a pattern. You remember that match against Australia in Chennai when the ball was gripping a bit and India were chasing some 260-odd runs against spinners like Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar. And we couldn’t chase it. Whenever the ball grips, we struggle and we don’t even know whether we can take the game deep,” said Gambhir while talking to Star Sports.
“This is not a 350-run wicket, it’s of 270. Imagine if in 40 overs you are three down for 160 or 170, then when the ball grips, it is very important for the batters to adjust. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul’s were soft dismissals, but the rest were beaten by the front foot. Rohit Sharma was beaten by pace, that was a brilliant ball to dismiss Gill. You expect better from Indian batters,” Gambhir added.