Former Indian fast bowler Ajit Agarkar feels Hardik Pandya needs to work on his bowling as Sri Lanka won the first ODI by seven wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series in Dharamsala. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first in the first ODI and Suranga Lakmal and Angelo Matthews’s heroics early in the Indian innings broke the backbone of Indian batting as the duo caused havoc in the Indian top order and the Indian team was bowled out for just 112 courtesy, MS Dhoni who scored 65.

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Thisara Perera, who predicted of the series opener proved to be working in favour of Angelo Mathews. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Sri Lanka won the match by seven wickets and lead the three-match series 1-0. India’s stand-in captain in this series Rohit Sharma had a disappointing start to his captaincy in Indian colours both as a batsman and as a captain. No Indian bowler could script an Indian comeback and were off the mark except for the initial stages of the Sri Lankan innings.

Ajit Agarkar
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 30: Ajit Agarkar of India celebrates bowling Ian Bell of England during the Fourth NatWest Series One Day International Match between England and India at Old Trafford on August 30, 2007, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Ajit Agarkar criticized Hardik Pandya’s performance with the ball. Agarkar, however, feels that Pandya is not yet India’s third seam option, he said:

 “I think his bowling needs lot more work. I think his batting has probably improved a lot more than his bowling. You’ve seen in recent times he doesn’t bowl 10 overs that often, tells you what the captain sometimes think of him. His bowling is going to need a lot of work if he’s going to be a regular third seamer. Indian conditions you might still get away with part spinners, Kedar Jadhav is the one missing. But not lot of those top order batsmen can get you 4-5 overs.” 

Washington Sundar
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Talking about the addition of Washington Sundar who has been added as Kedar Jadhav has been ruled out of the series due to injury Agarkar said:

“Washington Sundar is an interesting addition into the team, may be something they will look going forward. But looks if Hardik Pandya is going to be your fifth bowler, you will need at this point a sixth guy to help out with a few overs. I don’t think he is ready to be your third seamer yet.”