Cricket - First One Day International - Australia v India - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - November 27, 2020 India's Virat Kohli after the match REUTERS/Loren Elliott(REUTERS)
Cricket - First One Day International - Australia v India - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - November 27, 2020 India's Virat Kohli after the match REUTERS/Loren Elliott(REUTERS)

India vs Australia: ‘Lot of misfield, lot of missed catches’ - Harbhajan Singh explains India’s mistake in 1st ODI

India vs Australia: Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that Indian team played good cricket in patches but the sloppy fielding and dropped catches affected the rhythm of the bowlers and hence, the rest of the team.
By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 09:57 AM IST

It was not a good start for Virat Kohli-led Indian team in Australia as they went down to the hosts in the first ODI in Sydney by 66 runs to go 1-0 down in three-match ODI series. While the Indian team did well with the bat, reaching 308/8 in 50 despite going 101/4 at one stage, the bowling and fielding efforts left the team disappointed. Indian pacers were punished by Aaron Finch and Steve Smith, and dropped catches and misfields did not help the visitors one bit. The target of 375 proved to be too much for India to chase down despite solid batting conditions.

Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that Indian team played good cricket in patches but the sloppy fielding and dropped catches affected the rhythm of the bowlers and hence, the rest of the team.

Also read: ‘Indian ODI team is too old school,’ Michael Vaughan feels India will lose to Australia in all formats

“Things didn’t go India’s way. I would say India played some good cricket (in Sydney) but in patches. But, yeah, the fielding was a bit sloppy, lot of misfield, lot of missed catches,” Harbhajan said on India Today Live.

“In the international arena, you would want to take each (and every catch) that comes your way but unfortunately that didn’t happen today. If the fielders are not supporting the bowler, the bowler is going to get hurt. That’s what happened today,” Harbhajan Singh added.

Also read: ‘In foreign conditions, Virat is half the Indian batting’: Sanjay Manjrekar says Kohli’s absence a ‘huge setback’

“I think apart from (Mohammad) Shami everyone had an off day. This was the first game and playing in Australia you got to adjust to the bounce and the conditions. What all lengths you need to bowl. So the Indian bowling line, to start with, they bowled the initial overs a bit short with the new ball,” he further said.

“Could’ve looked to bowl a little fuller for an early breakthrough, which didn’t happen, and that’s one of the reasons Australia got a lot of runs on the board which weakened India’s chances while chasing,” Harbhajan signed off.

India and Australia will play the 2nd ODI on Sunday in Sydney.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Indian players pose with the winning trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test match at the Gabba, Brisbane(PTI)
Indian players pose with the winning trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test match at the Gabba, Brisbane(PTI)

India claim top-spot in WTC standings after historic win at The Gabba

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:10 PM IST
Team India now has 430 points while second-placed New Zealand have 420 points in their kitty. Australia, with 322 points, are placed at the third spot.
Close
Photo of India's stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)
Photo of India's stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)

It was about having that character and fighting spirit on the field: Rahane

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:15 PM IST
Rahane did exceptionally well in galvanising the squad after regular skipper Virat Kohli headed back home on paternity leave following the debacle in the first Test at Adelaide.
Close
Indian team celebrate after victory against Australia(BCCI/Twitter)
Indian team celebrate after victory against Australia(BCCI/Twitter)

PM Modi and cricket legends laud India's scintillating win in Australia

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:03 PM IST
India vs Australia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the way as former and current India cricketers joined in to congratulate Team India on their series win.
Close
Rishabh Pant celebrates after hitting the winning runs to defeat Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane,(AP)
Rishabh Pant celebrates after hitting the winning runs to defeat Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane,(AP)

Pant has silenced his critics forever, says coach Tarak Sinha

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 08:34 PM IST
Pant, 89 not out off 138 balls, took on the fearsome Australian attack head-on with an innings of utmost maturity to power India to a three-wicket win on a challenging fifth-day track.
Close
Australia's head coach Justin Langer(AP)
Australia's head coach Justin Langer(AP)

'Never ever underestimate the Indians': Justin Langer after India's series win

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:16 PM IST
Terming the India vs Australia series an 'incredible one', Australia head coach Justin Langer said he has learnt a lesson and that is to 'never ever underestimate the Indians.'
Close
India's Shardul Thakur celebrates the dismissal on the 4th day of the fourth test match between Australia and India, at The Gabba on Monday. (Photo Courtesy
India's Shardul Thakur celebrates the dismissal on the 4th day of the fourth test match between Australia and India, at The Gabba on Monday. (Photo Courtesy

Shardul has shown good temperament while batting, says mentor Dinesh Lad

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 08:48 PM IST
Shardul took three wickets in Australia's first innings and then top-scored with a 67 as he got involved with Washington Sundar (62) in a fine rear-guard action on the third day to keep India in contention in the fourth Test which they eventually won.
Close
Ajinkya Rahane presents signed jersey to Nathan Lyon(Screeengrab)
Ajinkya Rahane presents signed jersey to Nathan Lyon(Screeengrab)

WATCH: Rahane presents signed Indian jersey to Lyon after for 100th Test

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 08:41 PM IST
Towards the end of the presentation, India stand-in captain Rahane called Australia off-spinner to the podium to present him a singed Indian Test jersey. Rahane said it was to honour Lyon for playing his 100th Test for Australia.
Close
Australia Test captain Tim Paine(Action Images via Reuters)
Australia Test captain Tim Paine(Action Images via Reuters)

Paine rubbishes retirement talks, wants to lead Australia despite loss to India

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:22 PM IST
Tim Paine said his focus now is on winning Australia's next test series against South Africa — likely to be in March — and on the team's chances of qualifying for the World Test Championship final in England later in the year.
Close
File photo of Bihar captain Ashutosh Aman(Twitter)
File photo of Bihar captain Ashutosh Aman(Twitter)

Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Bihar register five wins in a row, qualifies for knockouts

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:57 PM IST
Bihar finished with five wins from as many matches and topped the group with 20 points, followed by Chandigarh and Nagaland (both 18 points).
Close
Haryana topped the Elite Group E points table after winning all their five matches.(BCCI Domestic / Twitter)
Haryana topped the Elite Group E points table after winning all their five matches.(BCCI Domestic / Twitter)

Haryana beat Kerala by 4 runs, qualify for knock-outs unbeaten

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:41 PM IST
Put in to bat, Haryana rode on Shivam Chauhan’s 59 and a late onslaught by Rahul Tewatia (41 not out off 26 balls) to post a big total of 198/6. Later, their bowlers held their nerves to restrict Kerala to 194/6 and eke out a narrow win.
Close
Australia captain Tim Paine(AP)
Australia captain Tim Paine(AP)

'A better side outplayed us': Tim Paine reacts after India's series win

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:11 PM IST
Australia captain Tim Paine said India outplayed them and deserved to win the series. The Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian side beat Australia by 3 wickets in Brisbane to take the series 2-1
Close
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket Test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.(AP)
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket Test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.(AP)

Shubman Gill: India's batting future is now here

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:24 PM IST
After making his debut in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar series, the Punjab batsman has been simply unstoppable.
Close
India's Rishabh Pant carries the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia(AP)
India's Rishabh Pant carries the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia(AP)

‘He has been brilliant and that's why we back him’

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:18 PM IST
After his scintillating knock helped India to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, team’s head coach Ravi Shastri eulogized Pant and revealed why the latter gets continuously backed by the management.
Close
Indian players celebrate with their trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane(AP)
Indian players celebrate with their trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane(AP)

India vs Australia, 4th Test: India's miracle at the Gabba

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:04 PM IST
Stringing together an inexperienced eleven, India stood up to intimidating bowling on a fifth day pitch to defeat Australia by three wickets in the last hour of the fourth Test in Brisbane and win the Test series 2-1.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP