Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra said that Rohit Sharma made an error in his captaincy for not bowling debutant Venkatesh Iyer against New Zealand in the first T20I.
On Wednesday, India won the first T20I match against New Zealand by five wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Ashwin-Bhuvneshwar restrict New Zealand to 164
Guptill top-scored for New Zealand with his glittering 42-ball 70, laced with three fours and four sixes.
Guptill was involved in an ebullient 109-run stand with Mark Chapman before Ashwin got the breakthrough for India in the 14th over.
Ashwin tossed the ball with his flight to knock off Chapman’s stumps and the very next ball trapped Glenn Phillips before the wicket using his trademark carrom ball.
The Tamil Nadu spinner ended his four-over spell with the figures of 2/23 at an economy rate of 5.8.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar also got a couple of wickets, cleaning the stumps of Daryl Mitchell in the very first over and later got Tim Seifert in the penultimate over.
Rohit Sharma could have got Venkatesh Iyer to bowl one or two overs: Aakash Chopra
Rohit used only five main bowlers in the first innings, giving each player four overs to bowl.
Chopra believes Rohit should have bowled Venkatesh Iyer at least two overs instead of Deepak Chahar or Mohammed Siraj.
“The Indian team said they need a fast-bowling all-rounder, so they played Venkatesh Iyer at six. But they didn’t get him to bowl. I will say it’s a rare error on Rohit Sharma’s part. Generally, his captaincy is perfect, but it just left me a little befuddled,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“They could have got him to bowl, when you had won the toss and got to bowl first, and the opposing team was struggling, especially in the first half. You could have got him to bowl one or two overs because Deepak Chahar and Siraj were not having a good day,” he added.
Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit Sharma (48) helped India to chase the score of 165 in the final over.
India will play the second T20I against New Zealand on November 19 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.