Sunil Gavaskar, who was a part of the commentary panel, during the thrilling clash between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was agitated by the defending champions decision of not sending Ishan Kishan in the Super Over. Kishan was in prolific form in the match as he missed out on a century by one run.
After the match was tied, Mumbai Indians decided to go with Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya in the Super Over. The decision was subsequently slammed by Kevin Pietersen and Gavaskar in the commentary box. Gavaskar said that Kishan would still want to bat because of the form he was in and he should have come in to face the last six deliveries.
“There’s not much time in a Super Over to plan anything. The worst part is the captain and coach will have 15 people telling them what to do. If it was not 8 or 18 to get, RCB would have sent a left-hander in Shivam Dube,” Gavaskar said during the commentary.
“If it was a 40-over game, Ishan Kishan would still want to go out and bat because form is such a fickle thing it can go just like that. So yes, I think Ishan Kishan should have come in because it was a matter of just 6 deliveries,” he added.
Mumbai Indians managed to score only seven runs in the Super Over with all-rounder Hardik Pandya missing the final delivery. RCB, started their chase with AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, and got home comfortably with the captain hitting the winning boundary.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, however, had clarified during the post-match interview that Ishan Kishan was drained and thus not sent in the Super Over. “He (Kishan) was drained out and was not comfortable. We thought we could send him but he was not feeling fresh. Hardik is somebody we trust to hit long balls, it is not coming off but we are confident he can pull things off for us,” Rohit said.