Former South African captain Shaun Pollock criticised Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Kedhar Jadhav for his underperformance with the bat.
On Saturday, SRH lost to KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings by five runs despite their bowlers restricted PBKS to 125/7 in the first innings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
SRH fails to chase a low score against Punjab Kings
However, Kane Williamson’s side failed to bank on the momentum their bowlers gave them as Mohammed Shami dismissed David Warner and Williamson in consecutive overs to leave SRH at 20/2 at the end of the sixth over, the lowest powerplay score in IPL 2021 so far.
Manish Pandey too failed to stay at the crease as he was bowled by leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi in the eighth over. Kedar Jadhav scored a run-a-ball 12 before Bishnoi’s googly crashed the batter’s defences to end his tedious inning.
Kedar Jadhav gets a decent salary to come out and play: Shaun Pollock
Jadhav didn’t find a single boundary in his innings and has scored just 55 runs from five innings in IPL 2021 so far. Pollock took a dig at Kedar Jadhav, citing that he gets a decent amount paid just to play for the franchise.
“In the battting, David Warner was out of the side, he’s come back in. You can get into bad form. Manish Pandey tried to regroup given the situation but Kedar Jadhav, over all these years… He gets a decent salary to come out and play,” Pollock told Cricbuzz.
“We really are still asking – when is his performance coming to justify his continuous selection in the side? It is difficult to pick out one individual but over a space of eight games, surely people need to be producing more than what we’ve seen,” he added.
Although West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder fired lower down the order with his 29-ball 47 runs knock, it wasn’t enough for SRH to chase the total. Holder scalped three wickets in the first innings to reduce Punjab to a below-par total.
SRH have lost eight out of nine matches in IPL 2021 and it is uncertain for them to qualify for the knockout stage.