Bhuvneshwar has leaked quite a few death races in recent games. His 19th from 16 points took Australia to a record 209 chase in the first T20I at Mohali on Tuesday night.
“I don’t think there was too much dew. We didn’t see the outfielders or the bowlers trying to use the towel to try and dry their fingers. That’s no excuse. We We didn’t play well. For example, that 19 plus… that’s a real concern,” Gavaskar told ‘Sports Today’.
“Someone like a Bhuvneshwar Kumar makes runs every time, when expected. In 18 deliveries he has played in three games against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and now Australia he has given 49 runs.
“That’s almost three runs a ball. Someone with his experience and caliber, you would expect him to give up 35-36 runs in those 18 deliveries. That’s definitely a concern.”
The former skipper said India were unable to defend good totals but hoped for fitness Jasprit BumrahThe return of will strengthen the bowling department.
Bumrah has been out of action since the limited series against England in July earlier this year while recovering from an old back injury.
“What we’ve seen in recent years is that this is one of the areas where India has suffered. They haven’t been able to defend good scores,” Gavaskar said.
“Maybe when Bumrah comes in, the situation might be completely different as he gets wickets at the top. India didn’t get them today (Tuesday) as Australia got off to a good start.
“Having said that, this is just the first game. Don’t forget that Australia are world champions. They are expected to do extraordinary things.”
Former head coach Ravi Shastri also heavily criticized India for their “sloppy level of play” in the first T20I.
Defending 208, the Indian defenders lost up to three catches, including Cameron Green (61 off 30 balls) and Matthew Wade (45 off 21 balls).
“If you look at all the top Indian teams over the years, there is youth and experience. I find the youth is lacking here and therefore the pitch,” said Shastri, who was in the comment box. .
“If you look at the last five or six years, I don’t think this team is on par with any of the top teams when it comes to roster. And that can hit badly in big tournaments.
“That means as a batting team you have to get 15-20 points game after game because if you look around the field where is the shine? There is no Jadeja. Where is that factor X?”
Axar Patel was the first offender as he dropped a regulation hold in the middle of the deep wicket to give Green a life when he was on 42. KL Rahul then failed to seize a long-lasting chance in the next.
However, the catch that proved costly was Matthew Wade, who was dropped by Harshal Patel on his own bowling at 18th when the batter was on 1.
Wade then scored an unbeaten 45 from 21 balls to lead Australia home with four balls to spare.
“What disappointed me today was the level of line-up. I mean, it looks sloppy and I think you need a big up-front as far as the roster is concerned. roster if you have to beat big teams in big competitions,” Shastri said. .
India will next face Australia in the second T20I in Nagpur on Friday.