Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja questioned India’s utilisation of their key all-rounder, Hardik Pandya.
Despite winning the four-match test series 3-1, Team India have poor start in the five-match T20I series against England in Ahmedabad. While the visitors won the first game, India bounced back well in the second but once again they lost the third T20I.
And after the defeat, former India player Ajay Jadeja has questioned the Indian team management about their decision to play Hardik Pandya down the order. Hardik Pandya is known for his big-hitting abilities and so far he has only played 36 balls in the three matches and scored 36 runs whereas he didn’t even get to bat in the second game as well.
As per the veteran, Hardik Pandya is a big hitter and he has the ability to give a tough time to the oppositions and he should bat up the order to put pressure on the oppositions’ ‘weak link’ rather than save him for the final overs when the best bowlers are bowling during death overs as well.
“I am a big fan of how Hardik Pandya plays his game.” – Ajay Jadeja
“I feel some players are not playing in their ideal positions. For example, I am a big fan of how Hardik Pandya plays his game. When he came out to bat, look at the England bowlers who had overs left. Archer, Wood, and an over or two of someone else,” Jadeja told Cricbuzz in an interview.
“There is no team who have five frontline bowlers. You will always have one bowler who’s slightly weaker than the others. India need to understand which batsman will give them the maximum returns when they come up against a particular bowler,” he further added.
He again shared that this batting order is certainly not India’s best one and also said that Hardik Pandya’s ability to score quick runs can help the team make full use of the overs bowled by the bowlers like Sam Curran or Chris Jordan, who are not considered as the best bowlers in the T20 format.
However, India need a win in the fourth game in Ahmedabad on March 18 to stay alive in the series. If England manage to win, they will clinch the series with one game in hand. But, this series will help them to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled later this year in October-November in India.