Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan questioned captain Rohit Sharma’s tactics in India’s second defeat of the Asia Cup 2022. The Men in Blue were almost eliminated after losing to Lanka by 6 wickets in the Tuesday Super 4 clash in Dubai.
Irfan said that Rohit should have given the 19th over to Arshdeep Singh. “Look, I thought 180 was a very good score as there was no dew. Spinners took all the wickets, and no fast bowler was among the wickets,” Irfan Pathan told broadcasters.
“Rohit Sharma missed the trick a couple of times. Deepak Hooda was not used, while Arshdeep should have bowled the 19th over. That could have been so much better. Even the bowling in the first 10 overs was ordinary, ” he added.
Kusal Mendis scored 57, while his opening partner Pathum Nissanka contributed 52. For India, Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets while R Ashwin added one.
Earlier, India posted 173 for eight with captain Rohit Sharma top-scoring with 72 off 41 balls. Dilshan Madushanka (3/24), Chamika Karunaratne (2/27) and Dasun Shanaka (2/26) were the main wicket takers for Sri Lanka.