Former Indian cricketer Maninder Singh said that KL Rahul and co. were passive during the 3-match ODI series against Zimbabwe that concluded on Monday.
India won the series 3-0 but the first two games were one-sided after they opted to bowl first. Zimbabwe couldn’t put up a fight but in the third ODI, they gave the visitors a scare before wilting away.
“That should have been the idea of this series basically. You won the first two tosses as well, as you won today and you batted first. You should have taken some more challenge on because everybody knew this Zimbabwe side is not very strong.”
“If they had batted first, probably they would have had more to gain, which was a little disappointing. Sometimes the Indians do that and I feel why. This was an opportunity to test your opening batters in difficult conditions and then test your bowlers when the conditions become good for batting, which happened today,” Singh told Sony Sports.
“This was a good testing for the Indians” – Maninder Singh on 3rd ODI
At one point on Monday, Sikandar Raza was well set to take Zimbabwe home. He had scored his third century in six innings but fell to Shardul Thakur in the penultimate over, effectively ending Zimbabwe’s chances of chasing 290.
“This was a good testing for the Indians. They came out winning this game and I am sure that should have given some confidence to them because the bowlers who got hit and brought Zimbabwe back into the game, they brought Indians back into the game. So these kinds of things don’t give you confidence. I was a little disappointed with the way they went about this series,” he concluded.