Former India cricketer, Virender Sehwag has been left flabbergasted over GT skipper, Hardik Pandya’s decision.
Apparently, Pandya decided to use Afghani spinner, Noor Ahmad in the final over of the game against Rajasthan Royals.
However, he could’ve used seasoned pacer, Mohit Sharma to defend the 7 runs in the last over as the latter had given only 7 runs in his two overs.
According to Sehwag, Pandya must’ve thought that Hetmyer would fall prey to the Afghani spinner.
Furthermore, in the first innings, Gujarat posted a total of 177 runs and asked the Royals to chase down 178 at Ahmedabad.
But, some powerful hitting in the end by Shimron Hetmyer gave the defending champions their second defeat of the season.
Therefore, they will now be looking to get back to winning ways in the next game and will also learn from their mistakes from this game.
Mohit Sharma has become an increasingly lethal bowler at the back end of an inning and has bowled well in the games that he has played so far.
But, Pandya decided to back Noor Ahmad to defend the seven runs in the last over against Rajasthan Royals.
Sehwag says that Pandya wanted to win the game using a spinner in the last over
Says Sehwag on Pandya’s decision to use Noor Ahmad in the final over,
They probably didn’t give Mohit Sharma the ball as they would have thought that he would find it difficult to hit the spinners as compared to pacers. They felt he may not be able to read Rashid and Noor Ahmed properly and would get dismissed. But how do you still not give a third over to someone who has conceded just seven runs in his first two overs?
Additionally, Sehwag has been left unimpressed by Pandya’s tactics in the game against Rajasthan Royals and is even more surprised by Hardik not backing Mohit Sharma enough.
Now, Hardik Pandya and his Gujarat Titans will hope to get a good win against the Lucknow Super Giants at the latter’s home ground on the 22nd of April.
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