Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra question India’s team selection in 2nd T20I

first_imgIndia decided to make some changes to their playing XI for the second Twenty20 International against Australia at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar and Siddarth Kaul were brough tat the expense of Rohit Sharma, Mayank Markande and Umesh Yadav respectively.At the toss the Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that his team had bowled “outstanding'” but decided to ring in the changes. Australia captain Aaron Finch, on the other hand, announced an unchanged team from the previous game and decided to bowl first after wining the toss.”Shot selection was something we discussed (after the last game). The bowling was outstanding. We need to get used to playing big games. Three changes. Rohit is rested, Shikhar comes in. Vijay Shankar comes in for Markande, because of the pitch conditions and Umesh makes way for Sid Kaul,” Kohli said at the toss.The move to bring an all-rounder Shankar in place for a leg-spinner Markhande was met with criticism from the likes of Aakash Chopra and Sanjay Manjrekar on social media.”India didn’t give a single over to Shankar in NZ….even in 200+ games. Tonight he’s given the job of bowling four overs. Once again, India plays only 5 bowlers including Shankar,” Aakash Chopra tweeted.India didn’t give a single over to Shankar in NZ….even in 200+ games. Tonight he’s given the job of bowling four overs. Once again, India plays only 5 bowlers including Shankar. #IndvAus @StarSportsIndiaAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 27, 2019″I know they are playing around with team selection with WC in mind, but this has to be the weakest bowling attack seen for a while, with Krunal & Vijay Shankar as two of the five bowlers,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.advertisementI know they are playing around with team selection with WC in mind, but this has to be the weakest bowling attack seen for a while, with Krunal & Vijay Shankar as two of the five bowlers.#INDvsAUSSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 27, 2019As for batsmen, Dhawan became the sixth Indian to play 50 T20Is – joining the likes of Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh – to have achieved the feat.As for Umesh, there had been calls for him to be dropped from the Indian sides after he failed to defend 14 runs in the final over of the first ODI in Visakhapatnam.”Umesh Yadav, despite being around for such a long time, is not convincing as a white-ball bowler, so India could well do with a replacement for him,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in a recent column for a national daily.Teams:India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul.Australia: D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch(c), Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb(w), Ashton Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.Also Read | Did India underestimate Australia in Vizag? Here’s what Sunil Gavaskar has to sayAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan 6th Indian to feature in 50 T20Islast_img