Dodda Ganesh, former Indian pacer was surprised to see opening batsman Mayank Agarwal bowling during the Australian innings in the ongoing second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Dodda Ganesh stated that he had watched Mayank Agarwal play since his Under-19 days and added that his state team Karnataka team management never considered him as a bowling option.
Dodda Ganesh Felt It Was Crazy To See Mayank Agarwal As 6th Bowling Option
Dodda Ganesh felt it was ‘crazy’ that the Bengaluru-born batsman was India’s sixth bowling option, after watching him bowl an over against Australia in Sydney, where he conceded 10 runs.
“I’ve seen Mayank Agarwal since his Karnataka U-19 days. Trust me, the Karnataka think tank never considered Mayank as a bowling option. I’ve hardly seen him bowling even in the nets. And now he’s the sixth bowling option for India in the ODIs #Crazy #DoddaMathu #AUSvIND,” Dodda Ganesh wrote on Twitter.
Mayank Agarwal has taken only three wickets in his domestic career. Nonetheless, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli handed him the ball to bowl the 35th over in the second ODI.
Australia Won By 55 Runs After Steve Smith Scores 2nd Consecutive Ton
Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini had another off-day with the ball after they failed in the first ODI too. Hence, Virat Kohli had no choice but to look for alternatives. Mayank Agarwal made a strong start to his over as he gave away only two runs in the first four balls. However, Steve Smith ruined his economy rate by smashing two boundaries off the final two deliveries.
As the part-time spinner proved to be expensive, Virat Kohli brought back Yuzvendra Chahal and introduced Hardik Pandya, who bowled after a long time into the bowling attack. Australia ended the innings with a superb score of 389/4 after posting 374/6 in the first match.
India managed 338/9 as Australia won the match by 51 runs with Virat Kohli scoring 89 and KL Rahul scoring 76, but the target again was too far fetched. Pat Cummins took 3 wickets while Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood took 2 wickets each.
Earlier, Steve Smith scored 104 off 64 deliveries with 14 fours and 2 sixes before getting out to a Hardik Pandya delivery. He had scored 105 off 66 balls in the first match too and won the deserving Man of the Match successively for two consecutive centuries.