Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda (PC-Twitter)

Hardik Pandya captained the Indian team in the T20Is, where rain played spoilsport on multiple occasions as the visitors won the series 1-0. However, Team India lost their first ODI match on Friday before the second was called off due to rain on Sunday. In the first match, skipper Shikhar Dhawan scored 72 runs and shared a big 124-run partnership with Shubman Gill.

When the match was called off after 12.5 overs due to rain, India were at 89 for the loss of one wicket in the 13th over. Shubman Gill led India with an unbeaten 45 off 42 balls, and Surykumar Yadav scored 34 runs off just 25 balls, including two fours and three sixes. The Men in Blue made two changes, with Deepak Chahar and Deepak Hooda replacing Sanju Samson and Shardul Thakur.

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India National Cricket Team (PC-Getty Images)
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Why Do Our Batters Don’t Bowl – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra criticized the Indian batsmen’s lack of bowling time during the net sessions. Chopra believes that the rise of sidearm bowlers is one of the reasons for India’s lack of all-rounders, as batters do not bowl in the nets.

“Why do our batters don’t bowl? The likes of Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar used to bowl but now no one bowls. The batters have completely stopped bowling in the nets, they either bat or field and then they leave. So it is a big problem,” Aakash Chopra said.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Now the Indian team takes four net bowlers along with them everywhere and then there are two who throw with the side-arm. So the bowlers’ batting is improving because they bat against the side-armers, both the batters and bowlers are doing the same thing,” he added.

In Our Place, Only One Sport And One Discipline In That – Aakash Chopra

Chopra opined that Indians are told to focus on one sport and a particular specialty in that sport rather than excelling in more than one field, which is the main reason for not producing all-rounders.

“It is a cultural thing. As a nation, we talk about specialists. When a child is growing up, if he is playing cricket he is told not to go for football practice, that if he has to become a doctor or engineer he shouldn’t play or do arts.”

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (PC-Getty Images)

“We are a part of a race and we are asked to run towards one destination, you don’t have the option to do multiple things. You will find Jonty Rhodes, Ellyse Perry and a lot of such examples who have excelled in multiple sports but in our place, only one sport and one discipline in that.”

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