Australia vs India: Gautam Gambhir thinks Kohli did a blunder by Giving Bumrah just two overs. Former Indian Batsman in an interview talked about the blunders. Australia vs India: Gautam Gambhir thinks Kohli did a blunder by Giving Bumrah just two overs.
The former Indian southpaw, Gautam Gambhir feels Virat Kohli has done a big blunder by giving his premier bowlers just two overs opening spell. Gambhir in talks with ESPNcricinfo opened about the mistakes committed by the Indian skipper in the first two ODIs.
Australia has already bagged the series with a 2-0 lead in the second game of the three-match ODI series. The home team won the first two games with a huge margin to clinch the series as well as 20 points in the ICC World Cup Super League Points Table.
Giving just 2 overs upfront is a tactical blunder : Gambhir
However, Gautam Gambhir who already talked about the captaincy change in the white-ball format told, giving your premier bowler just two overs opening spell has cost India the series. He cited the example of opposition skipper Aaron Finch, how he is using his lead bowlers and won the two games easily.
“If you have a pacer of Jasprit Bumrah’s caliber and you are giving him just two overs upfront. It is not a tactical mistake, it’s a tactical blunder,” Gambhir.
At least Kohli should give Shami and Bumrah five overs spell to get into the conditions and take wickets with the new ball.
“I was expecting, Jasprit Bumrah and Shami to bowl five overs spell upfront and try to get some couple of wickets. I don’t think there is any skipper in the world who would give Jasprit Bumrah just two overs with the new ball.”
Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith are all in their good touch if there is someone who can probably pick them up, that is Bumrah.
“All the top order Australian batsmen are in their prime form, who has the best chance of taking their wicket? Jasprit Bumrah,” he added.
“You just give them two overs in the opening spell and bring them back after 10 overs when the ball gets old. I think that’s the blunder and you should feel for these pacers, he too is human.”
Gambhir then talked about Australian success in the first two ODIs against India.
“That’s impressive how Finch rotated his bowlers. He gave Josh Hazlewood, his premier bowler, six overs spell in the first game while five overs spell in the second. There comes the difference.”
“Aaron Finch also used his sixth bowlers nicely, between Marcus Stoinis and Maxwell in the first game while with Henriques and Maxwell in the second. When you have a sixth bowler to bowl 5-6 overs for you then you can probably cut down the overs from your frontline pacer who is having a bad day. That’s what Finch did with Mitchell Starc.”
The World Cup winning player then talked about Smith and Virat’s comparison.
You will probably say Virat is great in ODI and he is far ahead of anyone. But watching Smith’s numbers, he is not much behind.
“He (Smith) has scored 62 balls back to back hundreds. Obviously, you will call Kohli the greatest ODI player as per numbers but not much difference between him and Smith.”
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