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Yash Mittal ∙ Sep 26 2022, 5:30 AM | 2 Min Read

They were a bit wayward: Rohit Sharma admits India's death bowling woes

image-l8htej6dTim David smashed Indian bowlers at the death in the 3rd T20I [Image Credit- Twitter]

Indian captain Rohit Sharma admitted in the post-match presentation that his sides' death bowling has been underwhelming in recent times after the hosts claimed the series-decider in Hyderabad against Australia on Sunday (September 25).

Indian bowlers once again took a hammering at the death in the 3rd T20I as Tim David and Daniel Sams carted the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel and even Jasprit Bumrah to all corners of the ground.

India conceded 52 runs between overs 16-20 to squander all the advantage the spin duo of Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal had given them during the middle-overs.

Rohit admitted in the post-match presentation that the bowlers were wayward at the death. But he also reckoned that Bumrah, who registered his most expensive figures in T20Is, and Harshal Patel will get better with more game time. 

Here's what Rohit Sharma said:

"Our death bowling hasn't been on song. They were a bit wayward. Yeah, they will learn. It is tough, you know, when playing against these big match players, it is tough. They are coming off a long break. They had no game time before bowling in the series. It was tough. We will try to rectify this when we will back against South Africa in a few days time." 

India's death bowling has been a major concern

With Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel coming after a layoff due to injury and Bhuvneshwar Kumar being woeful during the slog overs, the need for having a proven death bowler like Arshdeep Singh has intensified in recent times.

India have lost their last 3 games while defending 54, 42, and 41 runs in the last 4 overs, and with the World Cup looming large, the upcoming three-match series against South Africa will be the last opportunity to address that department.

It must be pointed out that Harshal indeed bowled a brilliant final over after getting smashed for a 6 by Tim David. He came back brilliantly by getting rid of David while only conceding 1 run in the last 5 deliveries.

In the overall context of the game, it proved to be extremely crucial, but India will hope for more consistency from him moving forward.

The three-match T20I series against the Proteas will kick off on September 28 in Thiruvananthapuram.

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