India suffered their first home series defeat in four years after the Men in Blue suffered a 21-run loss against Australia in the third and final game of the tour. In a do-or-die game, Australia, batting first, put 269 runs on the board and in reply, the hosts fell short of 21 runs and put just 248 runs on the board.
Virat Kohli scored a half-century but was criticized for his slow innings and for throwing away his wicket. Also, Suryakumar Yadav scripted an unwanted record after the 32-year-old registered his 3rd golden duck in the series.
India skipper Rohit Sharma talked about the team’s underwhelming performance in the post-match media interaction. The hitman backed out-of-form Suryakumar Yadav to bounce back and also responded to a reporter who asked him about the workload management during IPL 2023.
The players will now shift their focus on the IPL, which is a two-month-long format, which is why the Indian management is sweating hard over players’ fitness as the WTC final and the World Cup are around the corner.
Meanwhile, Rohit revealed that the management has asked the players to be careful with their bodies but said that it is up to the franchises as they own things.
“It is up to the franchises now. They own them. We have received indications from the team management to be careful with their bodies. Although it is up to the players, they must care for their bodies; they are all adults. If players feel overloaded, take a rest of a game or two. But I do not think that it will happen.”