The former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has advised Indian skipper Virat Kohli to get back to his old habit of playing with six bowlers and five batsmen as he thinks that the presence of a fifth bowler in the team could have made a difference in the Ranchi Test,
“India’s batting has benefited by the fact that you have somebody like Ashwin, somebody like a Wriddhiman Saha at No 6, 7 and 8. And if Jadeja can come score runs as he has done in this series then I think it really makes sense to go back to five bowlers and six batsmen theory. India clearly missed the fifth bowler on Monday. I am not saying a fifth bowler would have ripped through the opposition but he would have given just that little bit of break to our hard working fast bowlers. Both Umesh (Yadav) and Ishant (Sharma) bowled their hearts out,” Gavaskar said.
Virat Kohli has had a habit of playing a six-five combination in past but skipper opted for a safe approach after team India lost the first Test match against Australia at Pune. The visitors outplayed the home team in all the departments of the game and crushed them by a margin of 333 runs. The batting debacle was the main reason for the loss as batsmen could just put a joint total of 212 in both the innings, which scripted an epic loss.
The defeat forced skipper Kohli to add an extra batsman to the team and the results were shown as team India won the next game. In the third Test as well Indian batsmen put up a great show, especially Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha but India missed a trick as the home side just take four wickets on the final day and Australia was able to draw the game.
Sunil Gavaskar thinks that adding the fifth bowler to the roster could have made a difference.
Well, we could just see Kohli implementing Gavaskar’s advice as Dharamsala pitch is known to support bowlers and if this will be the case again, then we might see Virat Kohli getting back to his old strategy of six -five combination.