Don’t play Krunal Pandya as a replacement for Chahal: Sanjay Manjrekar
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels dropping Yuzvendra Chahal costed India the game. The visitors took on Australia in the 1st T20I in Brisbane. Virat Kohli’s men fell short by 4 runs in a nail-biter. India went with all-rounder Krunal Pandya instead of Chahal. Pandya, playing his maiden game down-under, went for 55 runs and failed to bag any wicket.
India paid the price for dropping Chahal.
Krunal Pandya bowled 4 overs for 55 runs & no wicket. India would have been chasing 20 runs less in all likelihood if Chahal was playing. Play Krunal as batsman if you want to, but not as replacement to Chahal.#AUSvsIND
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 21, 2018
Manjrekar feels having Chahal would have helped the side chase a lesser total. According to the commentator Pandya isn’t a wise option when it comes to bowling 4 overs. Though, he feels the elder Pandya can be used as a pure batsman instead.
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Sanjay Manjrekar not happy with India’s show
The hosts put on 158/4 in 17 overs before rain gods came calling. India were left to chase a revised total of 174 off 17 overs. Apart from Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed went expensive. The youngster conceded 42 runs in his 3 overs. The chasers got off to a flyer, courtesy a breezy 76 off 42 balls from opener Shikhar Dhawan.
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The southpaw hit 10 fours and a couple of sixes but failed to take India home. With five overs to go and about 60-plus runs to get, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik forged a crucial stand but faltered towards the end.
Karthik went for 30 off just 13 balls while Krunal Pandya struggled to out bat to ball. All-rounder Glenn Maxwell starred for the home team. The explosive batter made 46 off just 24 balls and took a good catch towards the end of the game.
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His fielding was quite sharp as usual and on one occasion, he almost pulled off a blinder. “I was pretty excited after dropping one earlier and let it go for six, I was pretty excited to make amends. (the previous one) slipped through my hands. The ball was a cake of soap. “It’s nice to have a bit of luck [with the bat]. It was great fun. Me and Stoin had great fun batting together.” Maxwell said post the victory.
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