Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has praised Team India’s decision to continue their game in the second T20I against Sri Lanka despite facing a tough challenge as there were only five batsmen available. The veteran termed Team India’s decision as a brave one as their all-rounder Krunal Pandya has been tested COVID-positive.
And, to make things worse, eight other Indian players, who came in close contact with Krunal were in isolation as well. While there were reports that the series might be called off amid this situation, Team India, however, continued to play and the match eventually took place which Sri Lanka won by four wickets.
While speaking on his YouTube channel, Inzamam-ul-Haq said that Team India’s decision to continue the series was an example of their mental strength. He said: “Team India were severely affected due to COVID as eight of their players, apart from Krunal Pandya, were unavailable. They had the option to pull out of the game but decided to go ahead and play the second T20I. This proves that Team India are not scared of defeat. When you are not afraid of losing, victory will find its way towards you. They trusted the players who are available to play in the squad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar batted as high as No. 6 since Team India had only five batters.”
He further added: “The game of cricket is all about approach. Team India’s playing very strong cricket these days because, mentally, they are ready to face tough challenges. They are sending players to England where injury has hit the Team India camp. They lost the 2nd T20I but not without giving a fight. Although they only managed 132 on the board, Sri Lanka won the match with two balls to spare. It was a commendable effort by Team India.”
Meanwhile, the Pakistan legend again gave credit to Team India coach Rahul Dravid for inserting the positive attitude and never-say-die spirit in the team as well. Meanwhile, India had won the first T20I match against Sri Lanka. The third and the decider T20I match has been taking place on July 29 as well.
Inzamam-ul-Haq again explained: “I will credit Rahul Dravid for Team India’s mental strength. Correcting techniques of players is one thing but making them mentally strong is another. When teams have such players, it is very difficult for sides to beat them. Winning and losing is part and parcel of the game. But I would say it was a brave decision from Team India to play the match despite lack of options available.”