India started their series against Australia with a defeat in the first T20I in Mohali on Tuesday. Apart from a dismal show from the bowling unit, their fielding was also not up to the mark. Meanwhile, the captain, Rohit Sharma made headlines with his on-field action towards wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik after a DRS call.
However, it was the 12th over of Australia’s chase and Umesh Yadav got India two crucial breakthroughs of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell and on both occasions, the onfield umpire had failed to spot the outside edges as well. India took DRS and was rewarded too. And, the skipper Rohit Sharma was quite animated on both occasions whereas Dinesh Karthik was kind of subdued despite being confident about the outside edges as well. Amid this, after India asked for a review for Maxwell’s wicket, cameras caught Rohit grabbing Karthik’s neck jokingly and went viral in no time.
Meanwhile, ahead of the second match of the series in Nagpur on Friday, Suryakumar Yadav was asked to explain the incident. He said, “Rahi baat wo DRS ki toh kabhi kabhi peeche tak awaz jati nahi hai aur left and right mein acche se awaz ati hai edge ki aur unka wo alag hi banter hai, itne saalo se jante hai ek dusre ko aur ek saath itna khela hua hai toh itna toh hasi mazak thoda banta hai. (Talking about that DRS, you don’t hear the edges clearly from behind the stumps at times but you do from the right or left side of the field. And that was their banter. They know each other for a long time and have played a lot of cricket together so that kind of fun moments are allowed between them).”
“Field pe itna pressure hota hai ki har situation mein kya karna hai toh aisa ho jata hai kabhi kabhi (These things happen on the cricket field because at times there is a lot of pressure.) Last game k baad hum baithe nahi hai. match itna lamba gaya, dew bhi aya aur aapko credit bhi unko dena padega. They kept attacking. We are trying our best. (We haven’t talked about the strategies yet. You have to give credit to Australia also,” Suryakumar Yadav concluded.