India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been slammed by former pacer Dodda Ganesh for her remark about Shreyanka Patil after the loss to Australia in the second T20I on January 7.
In a gripping encounter, the Australia Women’s cricket team clinched victory against India in the 2nd T20I, levelling the three-match series at 1-1.
The match, which took place on January 7th, 2024, saw Australia chase down a target of 131 runs set by India. Despite losing early wickets, including Shafali Verma in the second over, India managed to reach 130 thanks to Deepti Sharma’s resilience.
However, the Australian side, led by strong performances from their openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney, and a crucial partnership between Ellyse Perry and Tahlia McGrath, kept the pressure on the Indian bowlers. Phoebe Litchfield also played a significant role, ensuring no further setbacks in the chase.
The match reached its climax in the penultimate over bowled by Shreyanka Patil, where Australia needed 15 runs from 12 balls.
A full toss from Patil was expertly scooped for a four by Litchfield, setting the stage for Perry to hit the winning runs in her 300th international match, sealing the game for Australia with six wickets in hand.
Speaking after the match, Harmanpreet made a remark that if Shreyanka was on target in the 19th over, things would have been different.
“[While Bowling] we were getting those opportunities and taking wickets in the middle, that’s a positive. If Shreyanka was on target in the 19th over, things would have been different but these close games help to identify areas to improve.”
“We have played these games a lot of time but this time we have a few new faces, this young side is looking very positive and I’m sure they will keep improving.”
This would receive a lot of backlash on social media, with Ganesh making his feelings known on X.
Not done – Dodda Ganesh left fuming at Harmanpreet’s Shreyanka remark
The former pacer took to X and said it was wrong on the part of the Indian skipper to throw a 19-year-old under the bus for the loss.
“Throwing a 19yo kid under the bus is not done,” tweeted Ganesh.
India and Australia will face each other in the series decider on January 9.