India has lost the three-match ODI series by 0-3. This series loss has been a huge let down for the team as they were expecting better results post winning the T20 series with 5-0.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s experimentation can be blamed for this. Experimentation with new players is not wrong but it should be done under controlled conditions.
Sending in two new openers
Both Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal are new at opening the inning for India and putting pressure on their shoulders proved to be wrong. It would have been better if KL Rahul was sent instead of one of the openers so as to make sure that there wasn’t too much dependency on them.
What is Kedar Jadhav doing in the squad?
Kedar Jadhav is better known for his bowling than his batting. He hasn’t been given the ball in any match so the question is, why keep him in the squad if you are not going to let him bowl? Why waste a spot? Moreover, Manish Pandey should have played the first two ODI’s. He is a far better option than Kedar Jadhav when it comes to batting.
Dropping Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav
After losing the first one day international, it was important to win the second match. Dropping Mohammed Shami in this situation came out to be quite illogical on Kohli’s part. Moreover, Shami’s absence puts unnecessary pressure on a recovering Jasprit Bumrah. There is no other bowler except for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami who can take on the responsibility in such situations. Choosing Shardul Thakur over Shami proved to be disastrous as Thakur ceded 80 runs in the first match and 87 in last.
On the other hand, we have Kuldeep Yadav who is one of the best spinners in the world. He did quite well since he has debuted in test cricket but he is not the part of the Test squad for the New Zealand tour.
Sending in Shivam Dubey at number 3 in T20’s
Sending in Shivam Dubey at number 3 sort of makes things difficult for Shreyas Iyer. Iyer is not a very flexible player when it comes to batting positions. He does good at number-4 and when Dubey doesn’t deliver much on number-3, Kohli himself has to come down to bat at number four which sort of compromises Iyer’s position.
All these experiments have failed a number of times and tend to come across as illogical and irresponsible on Kohli’s part. High time the Indian skipper thinks better than this.