IND vs ENG 2016, 2nd Test: ‘Amit Mishra Has Been Made A Scapegoat’
Expressing his surprise over Amit Mishra’s omission from the second Test against England, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has said the leggie has been made a scapegoat for India’s not so impressive performance with the ball in the first Test at Rajkot.
The leg-spinner was included in the starting XI for the opening match as the hosts decided to go with three spinners and two seamers. However, Jayant Yadav was given the nod ahead of Mishra in the Vizag Test. Well, Gavaskar has his fair shares of reasons to express his surprise. On a pitch, where India’s premier spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja struggled to get going, he picked up as many wickets as them despite bowling lesser overs. Moreover, a couple of weeks ago, he picked a five-wicket haul at Vizag against New Zealand in the ODI series decider to help India clinch the series.
Speaking to NDTV following the end of Day 1’s play, Gavaskar said, “It’s surprising that Amit Mishra has been dropped. I think he has been made a scapegoat for India’s failure to bowl out England in the 1st Test in Rajkot.”
Meanwhile, the legendary batsman heaped praised on Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his magnificent ton. With the team reeling at 22 for 2, Kohli added 226 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara to steady the ship.
“Virat Kohli puts high-price on his wickets. He has the hunger for hundreds. And it’s not just his progress as a batsman, but his progress as a person has been phenomenal as well. He is a wonderful role model,” said Gavaskar.
He also praised Pujara for his brilliant stroke-filled century.
Gavaskar said: “Cheteshwar Pujara’s transformation has been great. He is playing a lot more shots. I hope his strike rate encourages IPL teams to pick him.”
Meanwhile, resuming the day on 317 for 4, the hosts lost their star batsman Kohli quite early. Batting on 167, the Delhi batsman edged a Moeen Ali delivery straight to Ben Stokes, who was standing in the slip cordon. Last heard, India were 360 for 5, with Ashwin batting on 23 while Wriddhiman Saha yet to open his account.
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