As the Australian team has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series against India, which has exploited playing XI issues for the visitors. After the 1st ODI, which the hosts won by 61 runs, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli confirmed that the all-rounder, Hardik Pandya is not fit to resume bowling at the international level. Even the all-rounder himself said that he is in the process of returning to bowl in international cricket but is still not match ready.
It was indeed a shock when Kohli handed the ball to Hardik in the 2nd ODI and he went on to bowl 4 overs. Former India cricketer Ashish Nehra has pointed at the ‘hasty’ decision-making of Kohli in the 2nd ODI, at the Syndey Cricket Ground, with too many bowling changes.
During a chat on Cricbuzz, Ashish Nehra explained, “Virat Kohli gave two overs to Mohammed Shami and then brought Navdeep Saini. He wanted Shami to bowl from the other end, that I understand, but then, why would he use Jasprit Bumrah for only two overs with the new ball? I agree Virat Kohli is making frequent changes in bowling. India used Mayank Agarwal and Hardik Pandya – it was a decision made on the ground.”
He further added, “Virat Kohli is being hasty in his decisions. In the previous game (first ODI) as well, after Kohli was dropped, it seemed like he is in a hurry. Kohli has chased 350 several times in his career, it is not a big deal for him. But it seemed like he was chasing 475, not 375.”
Nehra reckons that Virat is making just too many changes in his bowling. Hosts Australia went on to win the 2nd ODI by 51 runs, in Sydney, and have hence taken away a series win in the ODIs.