The match is being played between India and Hong Kong in the Asia Cup.
Rishabh Pant is playing in place of Hardik Pandya in this match.
Indian team landed with 4 fast bowlers and one all-rounder
New Delhi. India is playing its second match against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup. This match is also being played at the Dubai International Stadium. In their first match at the same ground, India defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets. But, what India did not do in that match, it did against Hong Kong. In this match, Team India has landed with 6 batsmen and if Ravindra Jadeja is also added, then 7 batsmen are playing against Hong Kong and only 4 bowlers have landed. It includes Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan.
India has rested Hardik Pandya against Hong Kong. In his place, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been included. He will be wicketkeeping in the match while Dinesh Karthik is also playing, who played the responsibility of wicketkeeping along with batting against Pakistan. That is, against Hong Kong, the Indian team landed with 2 wicketkeepers and is the player to bat till number 7. Karthik is playing as a batsman and will land at number 7.
Against a country like Hong Kong, whose bowling is not at least like Pakistan, the move to go with 7 batsmen against him is astonishing.
The decision to include Pant in the team is beyond comprehension
Knowing the importance of Hardik Pandya, the Indian team management rested him against Hong Kong, this decision is correct. Because T20 World Cup is near. In such a situation, it is necessary to manage the workload of Pandya. Captain Rohit himself also said after the toss that Pandya is a very important player for us. So they have been given rest. But, the question arises that the Indian team is playing this match with 5 bowlers. This means everyone will have to bowl 4-4 overs. In such a situation, if any one bowler has a bad day, then there can be trouble for India.
Anyway, when the Hong Kong team took on India in the 2018 Asia Cup, they scored 259 runs in 50 overs chasing 286 runs. India won by just 20 runs and this time the competition is in T20 format, where the game turns upside down in a few balls.
HUDA could have been given a chance
If Pandya was rested, it is incomprehensible to play another batsman in his place, that too against a weak team like Hong Kong. The Indian team management could have given a chance to a player in place of Pandya, who can also play the role of the sixth bowler if needed, and Deepak Hooda could have been the right choice. While opening the innings, he can bat at any number and can also bowl 2-3 overs.
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Rohit had said – we will continue to experiment
Indian captain Rohit Sharma also said before the match against Pakistan that we will keep experimenting. Will try things. in order to get new answers. If we had to face difficulties in this, then no problem. We will continue to use. Then whether it is a matter of batting or bowling combination. However, the experiment that Team India did against Hong Kong, was not digested by even the veterans of the game and the team was getting a lot of criticism for this.
Tags: Asia cup, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, hong kong, Rishabh Pant, Team India
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 31, 2022, 20:43 IST