Team India suffered a five wicket loss to the West Indies in the second T20I of the series at Basseterre. It was a poor batting performance for India as the match was knocked out at just 138 before the bowlers put up a brilliant fight, eventually conceding defeat in the last over of the match. While Obed McCoy shone with a six-wicket-haul for the hosts, Brandon King hit a half-century, while Devon Thomas went unbeaten on 31 from 18 balls to secure a win for the hosts and finish the run of five games. to bring 1-1.
As a surprise, Indian captain Rohit Sharma handed the final over to Avesh Khan, with the Windies taking 10 runs to win. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had two overs left in the game and fans were particularly critical of the decision. While Rohit explained after the race that the decision had been made to test the youngsters in murky water, the experts continued to discuss the call.
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Former India wicketkeeper batter Parthiv Patel backed Rohit’s decision, but when the talk turned to India’s bowling lineup, the ex-Indian star admitted he was surprised by the absence of a particular bowler in the squad – Mohammed Shami. The 31-year-old star has not appeared in a T20I since last year’s World Cup, but remains an integral part of the test and ODI lineup.
“When Bhuvi is playing, he has to bowl 2 overs up front. Then there are Bumrah and Arshdeep. I’m still amazed why they don’t consider Mohammed Shami to be a new ball bowler. Harshal has done well.. but if you look at Dinesh Karthik’s performance in IPL, he was chosen for India. Mohammed Shami’s performance in the IPL was even better, as a bowler. He won the trophy, he chose wickets for Gujarat Titans,” Parthiv continued Cricbuzz.
“Maybe not a bad choice. Yes, it may be the same team as the T20 World Cup last year, but these guys have gotten better. Bhuvi has gotten better from the last World Cup, same with Shami. He is bowling well with the new ball. We say that Shami has not bowled well in death overs, but he has improved that in Punjab and Gujarat (in IPL),” the former Indian star added.
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