After the match, Axar shared his insights on the game.He emphasised the significance of adhering to strengths, stating, “I was trying a lot of things when I was at home, and it came out well today. I tried to stick to my strengths and wasn’t really bothered even when I had gotten hit, and bowling stump-to-stump was the key to negate the dew factor.”
The left-arm spinner highlighted the importance of an attacking mindset in T20Is, stating, “To stay attacking and be mentally strong is important as there is every chance to get hit in this format. When you go with an attitude to pick wickets, will feel much better.”
Axar also spoke about his dedication to improvement during his injury break, mentioning, “During the (injury) break, I focused on improving myself and add new variations to my bowling to remain successful at the highest level.”
In the match, India posted a competitive total of 174, thanks to a solid 56-run partnership between Rinku Singh (46* off 29 balls) and Jitesh Sharma (35 off 19 balls). In response, the Australian skipper, Matthew Wade, showed resilience with 36 not out from 23 balls but fell short of securing a win for his team.
Ben Dwarshuis led the Australian bowling attack, taking three wickets, while Behrendorff and Sangha contributed with two wickets each. Axar Patel’s three-wicket haul and Deepak Chahar’s two wickets played pivotal roles in India’s successful defence.
The victory marked India’s third win in the series, showcasing a commendable team effort.
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(With inputs from ANI)