Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav cleared to fly to England directly from Sri Lanka
Get your Krunal Pandya memes out
Defeat isn't a concern, the mannerism of defeat is always the concern. India has a tendency of losing with versus mystery spinners- Akila, Ajantha and now Hasaranga. Pretty shoddy performance I'd say.
Before any of you jump the gun and say this was an India-C/D side, I agree! However, the premise here is that these guys are supposedly good in the IPL and hence have made it this far. To not to be able to score against a weak Lankan side raises question marks on their base technique- especially when Lanka chased down 83 comfortably.
Furthermore, want to call out Dhawan and Samson for their 'EFFORTS'- these two did absolutely nothing whilst being senior pros in the current setup. While Dhawan has had a good career and can hang up his boots, Samson was the biggest disappointment. To be given so many chances and failing to capitalise on any raises serious question marks over his ability to represent India in the future.
You have 7-8 players being isolated due to COVID and then you hurriedly schedule 2 T20I's back to back in consecutive days so that you can wash your hands quickly off the tour and get the players back to their homes in a chaotic scenario like this. Such scenarios cannot be used to judge anything at all... If you ask me, I would really compliment the Indian side for accepting to play the last 2 T20I's in back to back days in order to finish off the tour and safely return back home as soon as possible. Just imagine their mental setup where they have seen a COVID case in their camp and players being isolated and they have to complete the 2 games quickly and leave?
I agree with the rest of the things in your post but we should also look at the fact that we only played with 4 specialist batters and a WK batsman that too under tough batting conditions. We don't usually get such surfaces in IPL that were on offer. Also, it is not just about performing in IPL but also about how the players are groomed. Let us analyse the batting line-up we had in the last 2 T20sThe position that we were in, there was no real requirement to finish the tour. Why did we stay back? We do not need to prove that we are supermen nor do we need the empathies of other boards who laud us for finishing. Reality is , COVID struck, we ought to have taken the next flight out of Lanka, given that the bubble wasn't at all secure.
Now coming to the performance- I really don't get this- Why can't we judge the players? Didn't we play with a depleted side in Australia? No one raised these concerns back then. Agreed, the team wasn't hit by COVID< but the team was rapidly losing its most valuable players back then. Still, our young guns rose to the occasion and won the matches.
The side chosen for SRL games was full of IPL superstars/emerging players. Its a cause of concern if you cannot replicate your form for your country. Its a cause of concern that IPL stars arent able to live up to the demands of a 'competitive game'. It does raise concerns on the kind of players that may represent the country one day. Also raises potential questions on the Selectors who have simply been picking players based on their IPL stalwarts.
All we asked for was a 'fight'. I didn't see that happen.
Why didn't we call out our tour when we lost our players to Covid isolation?
See sometimes it is also about maintaining good relations with the board and you would know that both BCCI and SLC have really good relations for many many years. So we really couldn't have done that. It was equally about the board's reputation to say the least. Cancelling the tour was a bit of an insult to Sri Lanka Cricket. We just fulfilled our commitment since we were still in a position to offer something.