In the second match of the ODI series, England attacked the Indian bowlers. Johnny Bairstow and Ben Stokes combined to make 337 runs yesterday. The plight of Indian bowling in Pune has made former cricketers think. Some have also raised questions about the team’s batting. Discussions are going on whether he could have started without being so careful. However, no one has any hesitation about bowling. Everyone understands that India was suffering from a lack of a fifth bowler.
Krunal Pandya has been India’s fifth bowler in the first two matches of the series. The debutant Cronell did not do badly in the first match. In his ODI debut, he also completed the quota of 10 overs at an average of the fastest fifty for Indian batsmen. He gave up 59 runs in 10 overs in left-arm spin and took 1 wicket. But the second ODI showed why he had to wait for 30 years to get a taste of one-day international cricket.
Former captain and current analyst Sunil Gavaskar says India would be wrong to take Krunal as the fifth bowler. Gavaskar sees no reason to play him as the fifth bowler.
Krunal Pandya had a memorable match yesterday. He was able to bowl only 6 overs. Ben Stokes made 26 runs in one of his overs. Krunal scored 62 runs in 6 overs with 6 sixes. Gavaskar was discussing where India went wrong in the second match at Star Sports. It was there that he found fault with the Indian team’s plan. “I would say the Indian bowling was a bit weak. Because, Krunal Pandya cannot be your fifth bowler. Because, he is not a bowler who can bowl 10 overs. You will need a bowler like Yuzbendra Chahal who can bowl 10 overs. ‘
Another Pandya injury has become a big problem for India. Hardik Pandya, who has recovered from a long-term injury, has been bowling in the T20s but is yet to take the ball regularly in the ODIs. As a result, India do not have the opportunity to get the benefit of bowling from this all-rounder. As a result, the other all-rounder in the team has to bowl full 10 overs. At the same time, Gavaskar reminded that it is wrong to play two Pandya brothers, ‘Pandya brothers can do 10 overs together. But if India want to do well and win the next match, they have to think very well about the fourth, fifth and sixth bowlers. ‘
India are not getting bowlers like Yashpreet Bumra and Mohammad Shamir against England. Famous Krishna and Shardul Tagore are sharing new balls with Bhubaneswar Kumar. All three have done well in both the matches. The three kept the run in the middle of the flood yesterday. But the fourth and fifth bowlers knocked India out of the match. Left-arm leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has scored 64 runs in 10 overs along with Krunal’s 72 runs. England scored 156 runs in 18 overs. This time India was knocked out of the match.
Gavaskar, who wants some changes in the squad for the March 26 series-deciding match, said: “There was no pressure on Ben Stokes and Johnny Bairstow. If the Indian team had spinners like Yuzbendra Chahal or Rabindra Jadeja, the story could have been different. If you play Krunal Pandya at seven, it means you see him as a bowler who knows how to bat. But is it really his place? If you bat him at number five or six and bowl 4/5 overs, that’s fine. But India need five bowlers. Hardik Pandya could be the sixth bowler to bowl 3-4 overs.
In India’s current batting line-up, Rishabh Pant has to go down to five. And if there is no Pant, a top order batsman like Lokesh Rahul has to play in five. Hardik Pandya, who is not bowling at the moment, played six again. In this situation, it is certain that Krunal Pandya is not getting down to five. And as India’s top order is playing, everyone is suggesting to bring down another full-fledged spinner in the next match by pulling Shardul up instead of playing seven crunches.