Wasim Jaffer. Photo- Twitter
Wasim Jaffer. Photo- Twitter

Wasim Jaffer, a former India hitter, has outlined several potential causes for why Team India has recently struggled to find the ideal combination in white-ball cricket. Deepak Hooda has replaced Sanju Samson in Team India’s second ODI match against New Zealand.

The decision to go with a hitter who can roll his arm over is being criticized on social media, although it does make some logic. All five of Team India’s specialist bowlers gave up runs in the first ODI, and there was no backup option for a sixth bowler.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. Pic Credits: Twitter.

In the first ODI between India and New Zealand, New Zealand triumphed by 7 wickets. After winning the toss, the host team Kiwis decided to bowl first. For India, the scoreboard reads 306-7 thanks to fifty-point performances from Shikhar Dhawan (72), Shubman Gill (50), and Shreyas Iyer (80). Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson, two New Zealand pacers, each claimed three wickets.

Kane Williamson and Tom Latham
Kane Williamson and Tom Latham (Image Credits: Twitter)

In the course of the chase, New Zealand quickly lost Daryl Mitchell (11), Devon Conway (24), and Finn Allen (22). However, captain Kane Williamson, who was down a player, kept his wicket and managed to earn an unbroken 94 runs from 98 balls. Additionally, Tom Latham produced magnificent unbeaten 145-run innings. For the team, both Kiwi batters secured a convincing victory.

“Batters have stopped bowling in the nets”: Wasim Jaffer

Wasim Jaffer took to Twitter and wrote: “Sanju was dropped despite his strong performance since we don’t have enough all-rounders and part-time options. My two cents on why there aren’t enough all-rounders and part-timers. #SanjuSamson #NZvIND”

Wasim Jaffer continued by saying that India has not been managing all-rounders adequately and has not been providing them with opportunities to grow. He also commented on the scarcity of batsmen who can roll their arms over these days.

“Lack of all-rounders: We don’t manage all-rounders well. Because there aren’t many around, we’re quick to play them at the highest level, but then after a few bad outings, they’re out as quickly as they got in. Vijay Shankar, Venky Iyer, Shivam Dube, and Krunal Pandya few examples. Need to show patience while they develop,” Wasim Jaffer wrote.

NZ vs IND
Image Credits: Twitter

“Lack of part-time bowling options: With bowling machines and throwdown specialists around, batters have stopped bowling in the nets,” he added.

Team India lost the first One-Day International against New Zealand by seven wickets after the visitors were unable to defend 306 runs. The series’ third and final ODI will be played on Wednesday.

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