There is no pressure on Gaikwad and Padikkal, asserts Mhambrey

back icon
safari
29 Jul 2021 | 03:41 AM
authorcricket.com staff

There is no pressure on Gaikwad and Padikkal, asserts Mhambrey

While Gaikwad perished after making an 18-ball 21, Padikkal departed after making a quick-fire 29 off 23 balls

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devdutt Padikkal were handed debuts in the second T20I at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo under exceptional circumstances and the duo failed to impress against the Sri Lankan spinners on the slow and low deck. While Gaikwad perished after making an 18-ball 21, Padikkal, who walked in at number three, departed after making a quick-fire 29 off 23 balls as India lost the match by four wickets. 

India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey has backed the duo to come good in the next match, saying there is no pressure on them and the team management will give them a free hand. Asked what the team management would tell them, Mhambrey, in the post-match press conference, said, "When you are going to make your debut for your country, it is always going to be nerves and we know that. The discussion is always to give them a free hand, there is no pressure on them."

"Obviously the situation was such ... we knew that in terms of batting, we had only five or six batsmen, that we could plan and go ahead with this game, so we focussed on those. There were no such instructions on how to play, yes they will be disappointed, but every opportunity they get to represent the country, they will learn," he said at a virtual press conference.

Put into bat, India were restricted to a modest 132 for 5 with skipper Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring with 40. The hosts then chased down the target with four wickets in hand and two balls to spare with Dhananjaya de Silva hitting a match-winning unbeaten 40. With Krunal Pandya testing positive for COVID-19 and subsequently eight of his close contacts put in isolation, there was a lot of uncertainty over whether the second game would go ahead or not.

"Rahul (Dravid) was constantly in touch with the BCCI officials. We were told that, see whatever decision will be taken, we will be informed, so we were ahead anyway with our preparation," Mhambrey said.

Kuldeep Yadav seems to have found his mojo back during the ongoing tour and Mhambrey described the left-arm wrist-spinner as an "extremely talented bowler" and also credited him for executing the plans.

"He (Kuldeep) is a very thinking bowler," Mhambrey said of the spinner, who claimed four wickets in three limited over games that he played during the tour. They are a lot of discussions we had during the period that we spend before the games together, seen the videos, discussing the plans, and it all boils down to execution. And so, the credit should be given to him."

Mhambrey said Kuldeep will have to keep working hard to retain his place in the squad.

"...he is in and out of the team for a while now, which he knows, he also knows that he needs to work hard to maintain his position which he is doing, so happy to see that," he said.

"And I'm very happy with the results that he is getting. I am sure he will take a lot of positives from this since the T20 World Cup is also around the corner, and it really increases his chances to be part of the squad."

The former India pacer, who has seen the journey of many young players from this team as the bowling coach of the India A squad, also expressed happiness over their progress. "Pretty happy with their performance and I have seen them in the past in the last few years when I was associated with them, they have been part of the India A set up for a while and very pleased with the way they have progressed.

"They definitely had a lot of potentials and that is the reason, they are representing the country." 

(With inputs from PTI)

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Sri Lanka vs IndiaIndia tour of Sri Lanka, 2021IndiaRuturaj GaikwadDevdutt Padikkal

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
"Players will get better only when they are exposed to this quality of bowling"
Dravid said even his generation had their share of struggles but he feels during their times, they did play on tracks that offered turn
usercricket.com staff
30 Jul 2021
safari
NEWS
Navdeep Saini to undergo scans for his left shoulder injury: BCCI
The right-arm pacer was not given the ball in the second T20I despite being in the field for 19 overs of Sri Lanka's innings
userPTI
29 Jul 2021
safari
NEWS
Credit to both bowlers and batters for taking the game to the last over: Dhawan
His Lankan counterpart Dasun Shanaka thanked the BCCI for standing by their board and agreeing to play the series in these tough times
usercricket.com staff
29 Jul 2021
safari
ANALYSIS
Sri Lanka eye maiden T20I series win over depleted India
The visitors will once again have no other option but to go with just five frontline batsmen
usercricket.com staff
29 Jul 2021
safari
NEWS
No information on Test call-up for Shaw, Padikkal and Suryakumar, says Dhawan
India's captain for the Sri Lanka series said that the team hasn't been informed about the England Test series call-up for Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav and Devdutt Padikkal
usercricket.com staff
24 Jul 2021
safari
NEWS
Really excited for the journey ahead: Suryakumar Yadav
The India batsman was named the player of the series for scoring 124 runs at 62 with a strike-rate of 122.77
usercricket.com staff
24 Jul 2021
safari
NEWS
It is a new challenge and we are waiting for it: Dhawan on Sri Lanka tour
Shikhar Dhawan expresses his opinion on a young Indian squad ready to take on Sri Lankan team
usercricket.com staff
27 Jun 2021
safari
NEWS
Kuruvilla, Mohanty to travel with Indian team for Sri Lanka series
The Sri Lanka tour will begin on July 13 and will consist of 3 T20I matches and as many ODI games
usercricket.com staff
25 Jun 2021
safari
NEWS
Ishant undergoes rehabilitation under the watchful eyes of Mhambrey at NCA
Ishant played just one game in the recently-concluded IPL but a muscle tear ruled him out for the rest of the season
userCricket.com Staff
16 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Kotak, Mhambrey replace Dravid as India A, U-19 coaches
Dravid has recently been appointed as the NCA's head of cricket operations
userPTI
29 Aug 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved