Former India opener Virender Sehwag has come down hard at the Indian team management for their difference in selection parameters when it comes to selecting batsmen and bowlers.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag has criticized the Indian team management for sticking to their rotation policy. Sehwag bashed the team management after they dropped the wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the first ODI against England at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Chahal was part of the first three T20I’s against England. He failed to put up a decent performance as he went for runs in all three matches. Chahal was not economical and also did not pick up that many wickets.
Out of the three games, he gave away more than 40 runs in two of them. In one game he conceded 34 runs. He returned with one wicket in each of the games.
Chahal had to sit out of the last two T20I’s as Rahul Chahar took his place in the team. In the first ODI, India included Kuldeep Yadav in his place. Sehwag did not look impresses with India’s selection policy and slammed the Indian team management.
He feels that there was ‘partiality’ in the selection policies when it comes to the criteria for selecting batsmen and bowlers.
Sehwag backed his claims with the example of KL Rahul. He pointed out that Rahul earned his selection in the first ODI ahead of Rishabh Pant despite sitting out of the fifth and final T20I and also not scoring runs in the T20I series.
The former Indian opener compared the cases of both Rahul and Chahal and opined that there is a ‘partiality’ in the selection parameters.
Sehwag compares the selection parameters of KL Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal
“You snub bowlers after one game, but you gave 4 matches to KL Rahul then sat him out in the 5th game. So, if you give bowlers that many chances there will be poor games for them too.
If this was [Jasprit] Bumrah and he had 4 moderate outings, will you have thought to exclude Bumrah as well? No, you would have said ‘he’s a good bowler, he will make a comeback,” Virender Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
In the meantime, KL Rahul answered to the faith and support that the captain and team management put on him. He scored an unbeaten 62 runs off just 43 balls to guide India from 205 for 5 at one stage to 317 for 5 in the 50 overs. Besides him, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Krunal Pandya also scored half-centuries in the match.
In reply, England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow came down hard on the Indian bowlers. They smacked the Indian bowlers all around the park and England raced to 135/0 in just 13 overs. Debutant Prasidh Krishna led India’s comeback, as he dismissed Jason Roy and Ben Stokes in quick succession.
Shardul Thakur came back and picked up two wickets in one over, breaking the back of England chase. He picked up three wickets in the match, while Krishna returned with four. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was a usual economical with the ball as returned with figures of 2 wickets in his 9 overs conceding 30 runs. Debutant Krunal Pandya also picked up one wicket as England was all out for 251 runs in 42.1 overs. India registered a comfortable victory of 66 runs at the end.