Mitchell Swepson dismissed Virat Kohli in the first T20I in Canberra on Friday. Swepson’s dismissal of Kohli was the India captain’s seventh to leg-spin in T20Is. However, the leggie was disappointed with his performance in the first game. Australia lost the match by 11 runs which gave India the lead in the three-match series. The next game will be played on Sunday.
Meanwhile, talking at the virtual press conference, Swepson shared his thoughts on dismissing Virat Kohi.
“I think my first three balls weren’t great so to get a wicket on the fourth, and especially Virat’s wicket, was a bit of a pressure release,” Swepson said via a virtual press conference ahead of the second T20I between India and Australia.
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He went onto add that he was disappointed with his performance in the game. Swepson went for 21 off his two overs picking the prized wicket of Kohli.
“Look, a little bit disappointed I guess, in the way I bowled last night,” Swepson said at a virtual press conference, facilitated by official broadcasters Sony Networks.
Mitchell Swepson on IPL
Swepson also went onto highlight the impact of IPL behind the rise of leg spinners in world cricket. His Australian teammate Adam Zampa is an evident example of the same.
“You’ve seen the impact that leg-spin has had on the T20 format in basically all competitions; the BBL, IPL, international cricket, there’s a lot of leg-spinners having a lot of impact” the leggie said.
Meanwhile, Australia have added veteran spinner Nathan Lyon to their T20I squad for the last two T20Is against the Indian Cricket Team, who have taken a 1-0 lead in the series. On the other hand, young all-rounder Cameron Green has been released from the squad to make him available for the practice game against India A which commences on December 6.
In the wake of the series-ending injury to left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, Lyon joins Mitchell Swepson as new additions to the T20 squad. Incidentally, Swepson was a shock inclusion for Friday’s series opener in Canberra, bowling alongside fellow leg-spinner Adam Zampa.