Axar Patel
Axar Patel (Image: BCCI)

Rishabh Pant’s selection to bowl Axar Patel, one of DC’s finest spinners, for only two overs in the LSG chase at the Dy Patil Stadium on Thursday, when the fingers bowlers were managed to have a solid grip with the dew, surprised cricket pundits.

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After Lucknow Super Giants defeated Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets to complete a hat-trick of victory in IPL 2022, Rishabh Pant’s captaincy was questioned.

LSG vs DC: 'It Doesn't Matter If De Kock Is Batting; You Can't Give Your Finest Bowler Axar Patel Only Two Overs': Rishabh Pant's Captaincy Criticized By Experts
Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo: IPL)

Former Kolkata Knight Riders squad manager Joy Bhattacharjya believes that not using a left-arm spinner simply even though a left-handed batsman is playing in the middle makes no logical sense, particularly when the bowler is one of your finest bowlers.

“It was a game that baffled me to no end. This reminds me of an Andrei Tarkovsky film in which you are meant to comprehend after three and a half hours but wind up much more perplexed.

You can’t have Axar Patel bowl only two overs: Bhattacharjya

De Kock, the LSG opener, struck an outstanding 80 off 52 balls to lead his team to victory in the difficult 150-run chase. Pant decided not to bowl Axar Patel when de Kock was at the crease, based on the match-up idea.

“I didn’t comprehend the judgments made today on the batting order.” Then there were the decisions made during bowling, which I didn’t comprehend. I don’t care how good a left-handed pitcher like de Kock is. I don’t get how you can have your greatest bowler, Axar Patel, bowl only two overs,” Bhattacharjya told Cricbuzz.

 Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. Image: Twitter

“There are a lot of things that have been overlooked here, and I’m trying to figure out what this European school of thought is all about. Take a look at the bowling card; it’s the oddest bowling card you’ll ever see “Bhattacharjya went on to say.

The Lucknow Super Giants extended their winning streak to three games by defeating the Delhi Capitals by six wickets.

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