In the ODI series against India, Australia has made an unassailable 2-0 lead (India vs Australia ODI Series). In such a situation, many questions are being raised about the playing eleven of Team India. After the first ODI in which Australia won by 61 runs, captain Indian Virat Kohli made it clear that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is not fully ready to bowl in international cricket.
Even the all-rounder himself said in the press conference after the match that he was preparing to return to bowling but was not yet ready for the match. Pandya (90 runs) had scored 90 runs in that match. However, in the second ODI, when Kohli decided to get Pandya to bowling, everyone was quite surprised. Pandya bowled four overs in this match.
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Former Team India cricketer Ashish Nehra pointed to Kohli’s ‘hasty’ decisions during the second ODI (Ind vs Aus ODI) played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Nehra said that Kohli was too hasty about the change of bowling. He said that some of those decisions were made in such a hurry that they do not make sense. Pandya took the wicket of Steve Smith, who scored a century in his four overs, Kohli also bowled Mayank Agarwal.
Nehra said, ‘In today’s match, Virat Kohli got Mohammed Shami for two overs and then brought Navdeep Saini. I can understand that he wanted Shami to bowl from the other end, but then why did he get Jasprit Bumrah two overs off the new ball?
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He further said, ‘I think Kohli is making changes in bowling quickly (Kohli bowling Changes in Australia Series). He has only five bowling options. India used Mayank Agarwal and Hardik Pandya – it was a decision taken on the field itself. If things were going right, you would not have seen these two bowling.
The former fast bowler said, “Kohli is showing haste regarding his decisions. Even in the first ODI, when Kohli was caught, it seemed that he was in a hurry. Kohli has scored 350 runs many times in his career, it is not a big deal for him. But it felt like we are chasing 475 runs, not 375.
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‘I think Kohli is impulsively deciding. He is making a lot of changes in bowling. They need to think about it. ‘ The third and last match of the series will be played on 2 December in Canberra.