Former Indian cricketer Rohan Gavaskar has urged England skipper Eoin Morgan to mould his captaincy slightly for the decider ODI against Australia in Manchester. England completed a remarkable comeback to defend 231 in the second game after Australia prevailed in the first by 19 runs. Ahead of the finale, Rohan Gavaskar has urged Morgan to refrain from experimenting.
Unlike England’s power-packed batting displays in ODI cricket since the last few years, they have produced insipid ones in the two games so far. It is worth noting that Australian bowlers have bowled tremendously well in the powerplay overs and the pitch has not been batting-friendly; however, the English batsmen have lacked the temperament. While chasing 294 in the first game, they were at 57-4 at one stage in about 20 overs.
Rohan Gavaskar underlined that there is no question of experimenting at this stage since it’s a horses for courses situation. He highlighted Jonny Bairstow’s inconsistency and Jason Roy’s dip in form since returning from injury, who are the opening batsmen. Gavaskar believes that the hosts have Roy, Bairstow, and Jos Buttler as top-order options; hence, it is time for one to step up if the other two are not working.
“I don’t think it’s a question of experimenting now, it’s a horses for courses situation. Jonny Bairstow hasn’t been in great form of late. He played a decent inning in an ODI. Jason Roy hasn’t looked that great after the injury. England have three very good options in Buttler, Bairstow and Roy to open for them in white-ball cricket. If one of them is out of form the other slots in, it’s a good headache to have,” the 44-year old said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“He’s got a very clear game plan in his head” : Rohan Gavaskar
The retired cricketer feels that Jos Buttler’s greatest strength is his clarity of thought and knows the approach to his innings. Rohan Gavaskar conceded that the keeper-batsman understands whether to go slam-bang or build gradually. Apart from that, Buttler has a wide range of shots, innovation, and is highly skilled in limited-overs cricket. The Somerset batsman has scored only in single digits so far but was in a red-hot form in the T20Is.
“Buttler has clarity of thought. He’s got a very clear game plan in his head. He knows exactly how he’s going to approach his innings. He knows whether to go from ball one or to build an innings gradually after assessing the pitch. And obviously, he’s got the skillset, you can have as good a game plan or a clear head but if you don’t have the skillset to back it up, it’s of no use. He’s got enormous skills in white-ball cricket. He’s got a wide range of strokes, he’s innovative,” the Kanpur-born added.