IND vs NZ: Ashish Nehra Reacts To India’s Decision To Drop Sanju Samson, Shardul Thakur For 2nd ODI vs New Zealand

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo: Twitter)

Former India National Cricket Team left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra, who is the head coach of the Gujarat Titans (GT) in the IPL, has shared his views on India’s decision to drop Sanju Samson and Shardul Thakur from the playing XI for the second ODI against New Zealand National Cricket Team.

The second ODI of the three-match series between Kane Williamson-led New Zealand and Shikhar Dhawan-led India is being played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday, November 27. The Men In Blue made two major changes to the playing XI for the match as Deepak Chahar replaced Shardul and Deepak Hooda, the extra bowling option, replaced Samson.

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Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur. (Photo: Twitter)

In conversation with broadcasters Prime Video, Nehra shared his take on India’s selection decision. He said that even though Chahar is a better option than Shardul, the decision to drop the latter after just one game is a bit harsh.

“I hope they haven’t picked Deepak Hooda for his bowling. You have Washington Sundar, yes, he bowled well, picked up a few wickets in the T20Is. He’s your sixth option, but not a great sixth option.

“Two changes India have made today, first thing, I don’t feel two wrongs make a right because it’s not that Shardul Thakur hasn’t done well. But before Thakur it should have been Deepak Chahar. Now you have gone with Thakur and it is harsh to drop after one game,” he said.

I would have played Hooda ahead of Samson because he was part of the World Cup squad – Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra (Image Credit: Twitter)

Nehra further said that the decision to pick Hooda over Samson was the correct one because he was part of India’s World Cup squad.

“Even if you see Sanju Samson, I would have played Hooda ahead of Samson because he was part of the World Cup squad and suddenly he is nowhere. So it’s difficult for Hooda as well as Thakur,” he explained.

The 43-year-old added that India should have fielded a combination of 4 pacers and 2 spinners as Hardik Pandya is currently not in the team.

“Bowling wise – two debutants, then Sundar and Thakur, who has played a lot of T20 cricket but not a lot of ODI cricket lately, and then Chahal. Five bowling options is okay but you should definitely have a sixth option. But that sixth-bowling option for me is not Hooda, it’s Deepak Chahar.

“You can go with four pacers because there is no Hardik Pandya, and then you can pick two spinner. Sundar is a good-enough batter and then you have Thakur and Chahar. You have to hold the fort somewhere and not keep adjusting all the time.”

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar. (Photo: Twitter)

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