Shame to exclude Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, says former all rounder Manoj Prabhakar
Former allrounder Manoj Prabhakar slammed India’s workforce choice within the ongoing Test sequence, saying it’s a disgrace to choose players for a Test match based mostly on their kind in restricted over cricket.
India excluded Ajinkya Rahane within the first two Tests, and dropped Bhuvneshwar Kumar in favour of Ishant Sharma within the second Test, regardless of his three-wicket burst on the opening day at Cape Town.
Bhuvneshwar had ripped aside the South African top-order to scale back the house aspect to 12/3 after they opted to bat within the opening Test in Cape Town however Indian batting meekly surrendered chasing 208.
But a daring Virat Kohli picked Ishant instead of Bhuvneshwar, whereas ignoring Rahane in each the Tests in favour of Rohit Sharma, who had been in rampaging kind in restricted over cricket within the run-up to the Test sequence.
“This is a shame. If you start picking Test side on T20I or ODIs form, then you’re gone. It’s a specialist job to play new ball in Test matches,” Prabhakar informed reporters on the Eden Gardens immediately.
“We have Rishabh Pant here, will you play him for a Test? — He can score a century in 25-30 balls,” Prabhakar quipped.
“There you need different technique. But here one batsman scores double century in ODIs and his position is fixed. Rahane should have (played)… That’s our problem.”
The Delhi bowling coach, who’s right here for his or her aspect’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 competitors, stated Bhuvneshwar must be again within the aspect for the third Test.
“Bhuvi should be back, he swings a lot with lateral movements. When the ball swings, South Africans struggle, they are good at negotiating seam but not very good against swing,” opined the former pacer, who was recognized to swing the ball prodigiously.
“He has proven in two IPLs that he’s the best choice bowler before anybody. I will drop anyone for Bhuvi. Such a bowler will do his job in the first 20 overs.”
“Bhuvi swings in the air, a very rare type of bowler as most swing off the wicket. He swings late in the air. Why not use him with new ball? He will fetch you three wickets with new ball,” defined the 54-year-old.
A gutsy batsman who might bat wherever within the order, Prabhakar stated the important thing to win in South Africa is to bat or bowl effectively within the first 20 overs.
“We cannot win in South Africa till we know why to bowl and bat in first 20 overs there,” he stated.
Prabhakar was additionally essential of Indian top-order batting and stated a lot of the batsmen are influenced by IPL-style big-hitting and have forgotten the artwork of leaving the ball.
“The main thing is you should know when to leave the ball. They don’t know how to apply themselves. If you’re a compulsive hooker, you should know how to avoid an incoming delivery,” he stated.
“Defence is the best offence. I was also an opener. When I could survive why can’t they survive. You should know how to leave,” Prabhakar, who had scored a dogged 252-ball 62 in a drawn Cape Town Test in January 1993, stated.
“This is not lack of practice, this is the cricket nowadays. With a lot of IPL, our trend is to hit the short ball. Trend is not how to leave.”
Prabhakar stated even in home circuit Indian batsmen battle towards the brief ball.
“You look at Ranji Trophy. I have seen the whole season. Apart from Jaffer, nobody knew how to play short balls.”
“If Virat Kohli is exposed and got out in first three-four overs then the struggle starts. If the pressure comes on middle order, you are gone.”
Terming India’s batting order as the most effective on the planet, Prabhakar stated if the openers can survive first 20 overs, they’ll put stress on the South Africans.
“Basic thing for openers is to play through 20 overs. We have the world’s best batting line-up. They will change the story completely (once your openers see through the 20 overs). Kohli then is a terror,” he stated.
“Captain can take the challenge. He proved it, he stood in there and made 153 with his determined knock,” he hailed Kohli’s Centurion innings.
“Bowling has done a fare job. I can’t say South Africa are comfortable against our bowling, they are also struggling. But you have to give them at least 300-350 to defend.”
Prabhakar stated India should buck up forward of the sequence in England the place there could be extra swing on provide.
“There will be more problems in England. Here there was one Vernon Philander, England will have three there,” he stated, referring to James Anderson as the most important menace.
Ishant Sharma took 5 wickets within the second Test towards South Africa and Prabhakar stated the lanky pacer improved loads.
“I just corrected his balance. He’s now swinging, now making late swing. He has improved a lot.”