Aussie opener Aaron Finch admitted that he had a brain fade moment of sorts as he fell to Kuldeep Yadav playing an erroneous shot, and triggering an Australian collapse in the first T20 at Ranchi.
Finch, who was bowled for 42 in the match, was quoted as saying in a DNA report, "I found that playing the sweep was going to be the safer option. One to get off strike and to get a boundary if I could hip the gap. That ball I got out on was a little bit of a brain fade to be fair.
"I went to sweep then just tried to chip him into the onside for one and missed it. That happens in the game, in particular T20,” he added.
Australia made only 118/8 and India chased down the revised target of 48 inside 6 overs.
"I thought on that wicket to Kuldeep, sweeping was a safer option than trying to take him over the top where some balls were spinning, it was hard to judge the bounce on a track. That was quite difficult."
On missing the services of Steve Smith, Finch admitted, "It's obviously disappointing not to have him out there. He's one of the best players in the world in all three formats. Quality captain, so it would have been nice to have his skill.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent