Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa. Image-Twitter.

Indian veteran batsman Robin Uthappa was surprised by Venkatesh Iyer having not bowled yet in the series and questioned the management’s thoughts on the sixth bowler. Venkatesh Iyer came into the scene on the back of an excellent IPL campaign in the UAE, and his ability to bowl some medium pace had earned him a place in the Indian playing XI against New Zealand.

However, the new T20I captain Rohit Sharma and the new head coach Rahul Dravid have been sticking with the five bowler theory and haven’t used Venkatesh Iyer as the sixth bowling option. India paid the price in the previous T20 World cup for not having a backup option for Hardik Pandya, and Venkatesh Iyer has been seen as the alternative all-rounder option.

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)

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“It Is A Bit Mysterious” – Robin Uthappa

Robin Uthappa mentioned that he was surprised to see Venkatesh Iyer not given an opportunity with the ball yet as a sixth bowler, and he wondered what could have been the reasons behind it.

“It is a bit mysterious as to why Venkatesh Iyer isn’t bowling or isn’t being tried as the sixth bowler. Maybe Rohit feels he doesn’t need a sixth bowler, and Venkatesh Iyer is playing purely as a batter,” Robin Uthappa told ESPN Cricinfo.

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer shakes hands with New Zealand players after India’s seven-wicket win in the 2nd T20I in Ranchi.

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Robin Uthappa Feels It Is Too Early To Understand The Decisions

Robin Uthappa felt that Rohit and Rahul Dravid should be given enough time before being assessed as a captain and the coach. He felt that the reason behind the decision of not bowling Venkatesh Iyer yet will soon be understood.

We are very early into this understanding of who Rohit is as a captain. As time passes, we will better understand what he wants to achieve and want kind of a captain he is. We need to give these guys (Rohit and Rahul Dravid) a little bit of time to understand what their mindset is and how they are looking at taking things forward,” he added.

Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid
Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid. (Photo: BCCI)

India won the second T20I against New Zealand and sealed the three-match series 2-0.

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