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Sehwag unhappy with Hardik not bowling in ODIs

Team India suffered a miserable defeat at the hands of England as the visitors made a complete mockery of the run-chase in the second ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. India posted 336/6 in their quota of 50 overs.

KL Rahul scored his fifth ODI century and he top-scored with 108 including 7 fours and 2 sixes. Rishabh Pant scored a blistering 77 off 40 balls with the help of 3 fours and 7 sixes at a strike-rate of 192.50. Hardik Pandya scored 35 off 16 balls including 1 four and 4 sixes.

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While India concentrated on the batting part, they failed to keep an eye on the bowling. They failed to defend the target despite posting a colossal target on the board. England registered their biggest ever run-chase against India as they chased down the target in 43.3 overs.

Jonny Bairstow was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 124 with the help of 11 boundaries and 7 sixes while Ben Stokes scored 99 off 52 balls including 4 fours and 10 sixes. England won the game by 6 wickets to level the series.

Sehwag slams Indian team management

Even though Hardik Pandya was part of the team’s set-up against England, the all-rounder didn’t bowl even a single over. Experts and former cricketers questioned why Hardik Pandya was not used in the game when bowlers leaked too many runs.

Hardik had bowled 3-4 overs in almost every game of the recently-concluded T20I series against England. When the Indian captain was asked the same question as to why Hardik was not bowling, the 32-year-old said: “We need to manage his (Hardik) body. Need to understand where we need this skill set. Did utilize him in the T20Is but in the ODIs, it’s about managing his workload. We have Test cricket in England coming up too. So it’s important for us to have him fit.”

Meanwhile, Sehwag disagreed with the Indian captain’s opinion and also lashed out at the Indian team management for not taking the game seriously. “We only have the IPL next. So you are saying that we have no problem losing the ODI series because we had to manage Hardik Pandya’s workload.

If his workload doesn’t include 4-5 overs then it’s wrong. But it also shouldn’t be the case that he isn’t bowling even a single over. Fielding for 50 overs also causes fatigue. So if he adds 4-5 overs to it, it shouldn’t make a huge difference on his workload.

“I don’t know who decides that Hardik Pandya’s workload has become excessive. Since he has come back from his [back] surgery, he hasn’t played much cricket. He sat out in the Tests, played the 5 T20Is, and bowled in 2-3 of those… so he hasn’t taken any load yet. But yes, this is a possibility that he himself might have asked for a break from bowling in the ODIs to prevent any injuries before the IPL,” Sehwag said as quoted by Cricbuzz.

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