Former India all-rounder, Madan Lal is left utterly disappointed by the bowling of Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav in the second ODI against England on Friday as Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow made a mockery of the target of 337 runs by chasing it down with 6.3 overs spare.
Kuldeep Yadav’s career continues to take a downward spiral – after his figures of 0/68 in the first ODI, the chinaman was hammered for 84 runs in the second. Krunal Pandya had an even worse evening as the visitors tonked him for 72 runs off 6 overs and levelled the series.
Madan Lal expresses his shock at both the spinner bowling poor balls; Lal even reckons that Virat Kohli didn’t play his two best spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal is warming the bench since the 4th T20I and Washington Sundar is waiting to play his second ODI having made his ODI debut in 2017.
“When Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow got going, the Indian spinners at the time – Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav – did not bowl well. I have never seen the spinners bowl so poorly in any form of cricket ever,” Madan Lal told Sports Tak.
“Every bowler gets hit (by the batsmen), but if you have to get hit, at least, let them be good deliveries, that way there will be chances for the bowlers, but you should not be bowling such poor deliveries. I don’t think India played their best two spinners in the match,” he added.
Kuldeep Yadav does not have the spin that he earlier had: Madan Lal
The 70-year-old former pacer feels that Kuldeep Yadav is short of confidence and isn’t able to recreate the magic he did in the initial part of his career. Madan Lal also slammed Krunal Pandya for bowling plenty of short deliveries which the English batsmen comfortably dispatched over the boundary line.
“Kuldeep Yadav, maybe he is short of game time, but in his bowling, the flight that he earlier used to give the ball and the turn he had, although this wasn’t a turning wicket, but he does not have the spin that he earlier had. He bowled a lot of short-pitched deliveries on Friday. Krunal Pandya was not sure on where he had to bowl.
“Rarely have I seen spinners bowling in such a way in international cricket where they are unsure on where to bowl, and that too they were bowling in such a manner to Ben Stokes, who is a powerful hitter,” the 1983 World Cup winner added.