Ireland cricket team captain Gary Wilson slammed his batsmen after getting thrashed by 143-runs in the second and last T20 International match of the two-match tournament against India on Friday. The win in the second match was also India’s biggest margin of victory (by runs) in T20I cricket.
Speaking to media at the post-match press conference, Wilson said, “It is very difficult to sum up the whole thing. I thought we were going quite well despite that they started very well with the bat again. But we seemed to drag it back in the middle period and then let them get away a touch in the end, which was disappointing.”
“At one point they were looking at 185-190, which we would have taken. Pitch was a little on the greener side, so we decided to bowl again, but we didn’t lose the game because of that decision,” Wilson added.
In the second T20I, a superior India once again demolished Ireland as visitors’ spin duo (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav) ruined hosts batting lineups.
“Again (our) batting was very disappointing and we rolled over for much less than what we would have liked there. I think T20 cricket can do that to you. At 4-5 down, it was quite evident that we weren’t going to win the match,” he said, adding, “We could have knocked it around and got a bit more respectability but it really isn’t going to teach us much. We have to keep going for our shots so we had to go ahead and do that. Yet, to be bowled out for 70 was disappointing.”
On Friday, Ireland’s start was not good as they were reduced to 22-3 by Indian pacer and after that, they lost their last seven wickets for just 48 runs. Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (3-21) and Kuldeep Yadav (3-16) share six wickets partnership. Pacer Umesh Yadav bagged two wickets and Siddharth Kaul took one wicket.
“When you lose the openers early, it is very tough but in T20 cricket, the openers aren’t always going to score or get us off to fliers. We have to learn to combat it. ”
“It is not ideal to be 2-3 down in the powerplays but the rest of the batsmen have to work to deal with that situation. We cannot hide behind losing early wickets because the batting altogether wasn’t good enough,” Wilson said.
After getting completely washed out by India in two-match, Gary Wilson tried to be positive about his side.
“But the guys will still learn from this experience. Remember, we were playing against the 15 best Indian players in the IPL. They are obviously very good and in the Indian team for a reason,” Irish captain said.
“We have to recognize that our skills weren’t sharp enough but the younger guys in this squad will take a huge amount out of these two games. They can see what international cricket is all about,” he added.
Talking about India spinners, Wilson said, “All around the world batsmen struggle against wrist spin because you cannot tell which way the ball will turn. It is so effective and everyone is dying to have wrist spinners in their team, especially in T20 cricket.
“Finger spinners can only turn the ball one way. And it’s not just us who has struggled and a lot of other teams when put in the same situation against these wrist spinners would struggle in the same fashion.”
“For us, it is a difficult thing to put right with just one day between the two matches.”