India vs England: Way Virat Kohli Has Batted is a Bit Worrying, Says Ajay Jadeja
After India lost the first T20I against England by eight wickets, the team has come under scrutiny. Former India batsman Ajay Jadeja questioned tactics by skipper Virat Kohli, and said that there was no new experiment shown by the team as promised by the skipper, as promised in the pre-match conference.
“Leave the result aside but what new experiment did you see from India in this match? You know how Shikhar Dhawan plays. KL Rahul too has been around for so long. Sanju Samson was playing in the middle-order and in place of him Rishabh Pant came in so that was the only change. So I couldn’t understand what the experiment was,” Jadeja said in a video interview with Cricbuzz.
He also questioned why Shikhar Dhawan was picked over Rohit Sharma. “In the pre-match press conference, Virat Kohli clearly says Rohit Sharma will play and we will come with a new aggressive approach. I thought maybe Rishabh Pant will open, then Hardik Pandya and we will see a new aggressive approach,” Jadeja added.
“If your approach is aggressive then you will use the resource in that way. You won’t ask Cheteshwar Pujara to attack and Virender Sehwag to defend,” he said.
He went on to say that, Kohli does not need to go after the bowling. “Why would you change the world’s most successful pattern? Which is Virat Kohli’s. If the team wants to play aggressively then he shouldn’t be the one. Virat Kohli provides solidity to the team. He never was the most powerful striker, yes he can play aggressively but after getting set and there is a pattern. He doesn’t need to change anything. The way he has batted (in 1st T20I) is a worrying factor for me. He should send someone else if he wants quick runs,” Jadeja said.