Sanjay Manjrekar Slams Rishabh Pant & Vijay Shankar
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has slammed Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant after India’s loss in the fifth ODI against Australia.
India’s long unbeaten streak at home came to an end on Wednesday with the 35 runs defeat in the fifth ODI. India lost the series 3-2 to suffer their first ODI series loss at home since 2015. Batting first, Australia posted 272 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs. Usman Khawaja once again starred with the bat by scoring his second ton of the series.
With the score on 15/1, Virat Kohli joined Rohit at the crease. The duo took the score past the 50-run mark before Marcus Stoinis dismissed Kohli for 20. Rishabh Pant was promoted to the number four position and he started brightly, hitting a four and a six in no time. However, Nathan Lyon ensured that Pant’s adventure does not last long by dismissing him for 16. Rohit Sharma showed promise but departed after scoring 56. India soon found themselves reeling at 132 for 6.
And as soon as the game ended, Manjrekar took to Twitter to slam Pant and Shankar for their failure to make the chances count.
He particularly targeted Shankar for throwing away his wicket while going for a big shot.
“Really disappointed with Pant and Shankar today, what a great chance to show their ability,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.
“Shankar may have the big shots but he is no Pant, must learn to keep the strike rate up by hitting more along the ground just like his captain does,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.
Really disappointing with Pant and Shankar today, what a great chance to show their ability. Shankar may have the big shots but he is no Pant, must learn to keep the strike rate up by hitting more along the ground just like his captain does.#AusvIndia
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 13, 2019
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