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Indias hopes of a whitewash, however, effectively ended when he fell in the penultimate over, leaving the side in an awkward position. India needed 21 off the last six balls but Chris Jordan sealed the win for England. Jordan took two wickets in the final three balls as India fell short on 198-9.
While Suryakumar was his usual self while maneuvering the field and playing all around the ground, Virat Kohli extended his much-talked-about lean patch. The former skipper fell for just 11 to leave India tottering at 31-3 before Suryakumar took charge at Trent Bridge. Kohli looked his old flamboyant self when he hit a four and a straight six off David Willey. But he was then caught at the cover while trying to whack a third consecutive boundary. He has managed only 12 runs in his two innings amid calls for his ax from the Twenty20 squad
Skipper Rohit Sharma spoke to reporters during a press conference and he spoke about Kohlis form as well.
"It is not difficult for us as we do not listen to the outside noise. I dont know who the experts are. I dont even understand why they are called experts. They are watching it from the outside, they dont know what is going on inside. We are building a team, we have a certain thought process. A lot of deliberation goes behind it. There is a lot of thinking behind it. Boys are backed. Boys are given chances. People outside dont know all these things. It is not important what is going on outside," said Rohit.
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"If you talk of form, it goes up and down for everyone. The quality of a player never goes down and we should remember that. When you make certain comments, you should always remember that the quality of a player does not go down. We back that quality. It has happened with me, it has happened with XYZ, it has happened with everyone, it is nothing new. When some player has done so well consistently for so long, that cant be written off in one or two series or one or two years. It takes people time to understand it completely, but those who are running the team know the importance of that quality," he added.
When asked about the aggressive approach being taken by Virat Kohli, Rohit said: "Its a bit of both (when asked if Kohlis approach is a team instruction or a personal choice). We, as a team, want to play in a certain way, and every player needs to buy into that thought process. Otherwise, you know, its not going to happen for you. And all the players, all the batters, who are part of this squad, are willing to take that extra risk and go and see what extra they can do with the bat."
"Its important to find out within yourself, you know, to try and do different kinds of things. Unless you try it, you will never be able to find out. So I think it is something that we have been trying to do for a while now. Some days it might come off, some days it might not. But we dont want to be afraid of going in and taking that extra risk. Thats how were going to learn as a team and thats how we will move forward as a team. So its in everyones thought process, everyone is quite comfortable with that idea. So yeah, thats the kind of direction the team is going to move in."
India lost the final T20I of the series in Nottingham but had sewed up their fourth straight T20I series win over England with two wins to start. The Indian captain acknowledged that while winning the series was a confidence booster, the easy embrace of the new ideology by all concerned was the biggest takeaway.
"They are willing to do that, they are willing to take that risk. And when I go and talk to certain individuals or players and I hear the same kind of response from them, that is the biggest takeaway. Obviously while doing that, results will go here and there. Were looking at the larger picture and to achieve that well make some mistakes. As a captain, Im pretty much okay with that. Honestly, to come here and win a series in England, its not easy. It was a challenging one for us. Winning always gives you confidence, and we can try to take that confidence and move forward and try to see how we can improve in all the departments."Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that while Virat Kohli has had a slump in form, Rohit Sharma and other players have struggled to perform as well.
"See, I cannot understand that when Rohit Sharma does not score runs no one talks about it. It is the same with other players as well. There is a saying that form is temporary, class is temperament. See, the kind of template they are adopting (in T20Is) where they have to swing the bat from ball one, you will succeed and fail," Gavaskar told Sports Tak."We have a good selection committee which is thinking about it. I think there is enough time (more than two months) to announce the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. There will be several competitive Asian countries participating in the event. You will have to pick your team keeping in mind the form of a player. There is no need to panic yet and we need to give them some time,” the 73-year-old added.
Gavaskar believes that the ODI format is a chance for Virat Kohli to regain his form. However, as per the latest reports, Kohli is likely to miss the first ODI against England due to a groin injury.
“I think the ODI series has come at the right time. It suits his natural game. Like in Test cricket, there is enough time to settle down. In ODI cricket too the batter can play himself in according to the conditions,” Gavaskar opined.