The major consolation for Stuart Broad, after his team were bowled out at the Premadasa Stadium for their worst Twenty20 score of 80 — in under 15 overs — was that this lowest ebb came in a match of no consequence.
“I think we made it pretty easy for India in the end, in losing regular wickets,” he said.
“But it doesn’t change our destiny a huge amount.”
England appeared to have feasible prospects of chasing India’s 170 for four — in which Rohit Sharma (55 not out) top-scored — but not for long, once Harbhajan and his fellow spinner Piyush Chawla got to work.
“Although it’s a disappointing loss, and especially the way we performed, it doesn’t really change what we do,” added Broad.
“Any international defeat is really frustrating, especially when you put in a performance like that.
“But I think it’s a little bit easier to take when it doesn’t change what you do. It’s not like tomorrow’s now going to be a day when we have to go home. Knowing that it doesn’t change anything really, apart from us having to maybe face a few more spinners in the nets, is nice.”
Broad, in fact, traced England’s troubles back not to the introduction of Harbhajan and Chawla at 39 for two after five overs but to the two early wickets lost to left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan.