Debashis Sarangi ∙ Mar 5 2023, 4:45 AM

'India Lost Due To Their Overconfidence'- Sanjay Manjrekar

image-leuvysekIndian batters had a forgettable game in Indore [Source: AP]

Recently, Australia decimated India by nine wickets in the third Test in Indore to secure their first win in the ongoing four-match series. 

Prior to that game, India had recorded one-sided victories over their opponents on sporting pitches in Nagpur and Delhi. So, when a rank-turner was dished in Indore, fans and experts had expected the home team to steamroll the visitors without breaking a sweat. 

However, contrary to their expectations, Australia outclassed Rohit Sharma and co on both batting and bowling fronts on a significantly more challenging pitch, surprising the cricket fraternity. 

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes that India's overconfidence costed them the match. 

Speaking to the broadcasters Star Sports, the former Mumbai batter opined that India got carried away by their earlier success, trying to dominate Australia by their aggressive batting right from the start, which backfired on them. 

Here's what Manjrekar stated

"I got the impression that India was carrying the hangover of the dominance that they had in the series so far. They (India) won the toss and batted first for the first time. So immediately the onus was on them to call the shots in the game and I thought they were just trying to dominate a bit too early and didn’t suss the pitch out. So too many attacking shots under the assumption that they knew the pitch and that is where I guess where India faltered."

With the scoreline reading 2-1 in India's favour, both teams will clash in the series decider in Ahmedabad starting ninth of this month.