WI vs IND: Skipper Hardik Pandya lauds debutant Tilak Varma for impressive display

WI vs IND: Skipper Hardik Pandya lauds debutant Tilak Varma for impressive display
WI vs IND: Skipper Hardik Pandya lauds debutant Tilak Varma for impressive display

WI vs IND: Skipper Hardik Pandya lauds debutant Tilak Varma for impressive display

WI vs IND: Hardik was impressed with Tilak’s swagger and in the post-match presentation he said, “Very pleasing to see the way he started his innings. Not a bad way to start your international cricket with a couple of sixes. There’s confidence and the fearlessness they have. They are going to do wonders for India.”

During Tilak and Suryakumar Yadav’s time on the crease, both batters managed to steady the ship momentarily. After the fall of their stand, India still fancied their chances with Sanju Samson and Pandya keeping India in the chase. Yet the WI bowlers managed to restrict India.

Hardik said that India were in control of the game for most of the time but a few errors led to their downfall.

“We were right in the chase and quite comfortable there. We made some errors which cost us the game which is fine. A young team will make mistakes. We will grow together. Throughout the game, we were in control of the game which was the positive in this game. Good four games coming ahead. In T20 cricket, if you lose wickets, it becomes difficult to chase down any total, that’s exactly what happened. A couple of hits can change the momentum towards you. When we lost a couple of wickets, that halted our chase,” Hardik added.

Finally, when Hardik was quizzed about the combination of the bowlers he stated that the set-up they decided to use felt right.

“It (playing three spinners) was more to do with the conditions. We would like to give opportunities to the two wristies (Kuldeep and Chahal) to play together. Axar adds a very good component in his batting as well. We felt that was the right combination. Mukesh (Kumar) – to have these two weeks which he has had in West Indies. Here he made debuts in all three formats is really good. Genuinely, he’s a nice guy. He has a very good heart, and wants to contribute for the team. He bowled a couple of overs back to back and that was fantastic,” Hardk signed off.

Opting for a change, West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first, managing to post a total of 149-6. India’s chase was fraught with struggles as they lost wickets at regular intervals, making it challenging to reach the 150-run target.

The two teams will face off again in the second T20I on Sunday, providing India with an opportunity to bounce back and level the series.

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