India faced second successive defeat against Australia in the second ODI of three-match ODI series in Sydney and Australia convincingly won the series as well. However, after the win, former India batsman Gautam Gambhir slammed Virat Kohli’s captaincy. He shared his dissatisfaction and wondered why the pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah bowled only two overs with the new ball.
Bumrah, meanwhile, bowled the second and fourth overs, conceding 7 runs including a maiden in his first over. He again bowled the ninth over – inside the first Power Play. And, Gambhir called the captaincy ‘poor’ as he wanted to see Bumrah bowling a few more overs as well.
“I can’t understand the captaincy to be honest. We kept talking about how important is to take wickets upfront if we have to stop this kind of batting line-up and then you make your premier bowler bowl two overs. Normally, in a One Day game probably there are three spells of 4-3-3 overs. Or probably the maximum is four overs,” Gambhir said during ESPNCricinfo’s post-match show.
“But if you stop your premier fast bowler just by bowling two overs upfront with the new ball, I can’t understand that kind of captaincy. I probably can’t even explain that captaincy. It is not T20 cricket. I probably can’t understand the reason to be honest because that was poor captaincy,” he further added.
Gautam Gambhir also opened up about this and said that it was a selection error as they don’t have a sixth bowling option except for Hardik Pandya, who had played as a batsman in the first game. However, he bowled 4 overs in the second match where he conceded 24 runs and picked up a wicket too.
It is also noteworthy that, Australia had scored 374 in the first match where they won by 66 runs. In the second game, they again put up a massive total of 389 for 4 and won by 51 runs and won the series by 2-0 with one match to spare.
“They could have given someone like Washington Sundar or Shivam Dube or whoever was there in the squad to play the next game and see how they go into the one-day format. But if you don’t have anyone in Australia then it is a selection error as well. Unless and until you don’t judge someone you will never be able to find how good he is at the international level. India has not taken those options to Australia and those might come back to hurt them big time,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.
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