Sunil Gavaskar, a former India captain, pointed out a fault in India’s T20I series triumph against Sri Lanka on Saturday in Dharamsala, which was the team’s 11th straight win in the format and third consecutive series win, offering a strong warning to captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. Sri Lanka, batting first, struggled in the middle overs, accumulating only 105 runs for four wickets at the conclusion of the 15th over. Despite this, they managed to score 183 for the loss of only one wicket in the slog overs.

Harshal Patel was bowled for 42 runs in two overs, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah gave up 16 and 14 runs, respectively, as India allowed 78 runs in the last overs. In an interview with Star Sports, Gavaskar said that India must fix this problem and that they cannot afford to give runs often. Sri Lanka’s slog-over batting was also lauded by the renowned batsman, who expressed his awe at how they handled Jasprit Bumrah.

“It’s not a reason for concern, but it’s something they need to consider because they can’t afford to have it on a regular basis. It is the nature of the format that one match occurs. There may be partnerships in the final 5-6 overs that provide 80-90 runs, similar to what we witnessed today. Shanaka shone brightly today. Look at Nissanka’s shot against Bumrah, of all the people. It’s difficult to score against Bumrah. It is a problem that India can no longer afford to ignore. They must be concerned about death-over bowlers. Who should bowl the first ten and last eight? These are problems on which India should reflect,” he remarked.

India, on the other hand, cruised to victory, with Shreyas Iyer’s second straight half-century and Ravindra Jadeja’s blitz in the slog overs. In his post-match presentation, Rohit stated of India’s death-over bowling, “Don’t want to be too harsh on the bowlers, these things happen. We bowled well in the first few overs (in the batting powerplay), limited them well, and scored 80 runs in the final five overs, which is something we need to learn about what to do in the last five overs, but we bowled well in the first 15 overs. The surface was fantastic, the ball was coming on wonderfully, and things like this happen.”