Ind vs Eng: Sehwag not impressed with Pandya’s workload management, says ‘load hasn’t come yet’

Ind vs Eng: Virender Sehwag criticised Virat Kohli and team management's move to manage Pandya's workload, not giving ball in ODIs.    
Ind vs Eng: Virender Sehwag criticised Virat Kohli and team management's move to manage Pandya's workload, not giving ball in ODIs.    

Ind vs Eng: The decision to not exempt Hardik Pandya from bowling in the two ODIs against England hasn’t gone well with former cricketers and fans. India clearly lacked a fourth seamer in the 2nd ODI as spinners were hammered all over the park in the 2nd ODI with England winning the match by 6 wickets. Now, Virender Sehwag has also joined the chorus, criticising India captain Virat Kohli and team management’s move to manage Pandya’s workload.

“He missed the Tests. He has played 3 T20Is, in which he bowled 4-6 overs. The load of work has not even come on him yet since he has returned to fitness. If he was playing non-stop cricket across all formats, then I would have understood it. But he has no load on himself yet. Maybe he might have said that he will not bowl 10 overs in ODI cricket, because if I get injured I might have to miss IPL,” Virender Sehwag said on a Cricbuzz show.

The two India spinners in particular were poor in the 2nd ODI. If Krunal Pandya, playing only his 2nd ODI, gave away 72 runs in six overs, frontline spinner Kuldeep Yadav went for 84 in 10 overs as Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes dominated them. India failed to defend 336 runs as England cruised to a six-wicket victory.

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Virat Kohli, defending not giving the ball to Pandya, said after the match that, it was in line with workload management of the all-rounder, who returned to cricket after a back surgery in 2019. After missing over six months of cricket, Pandya returned to cricket in IPL 2020 where he did not bowl for Mumbai Indians.

Ind vs Eng: Sehwag not impressed with Pandya’s workload management, says ‘load hasn’t come yet

“If there are no overs in Hardik Pandya’s workload, then I feel something is wrong. Kohli said that workload management is being done for all bowlers including Pandya. But it cannot be so that he does not bowl a single over. Fielding for 50 overs is also tiring, so if he bowls four-five overs in between, it would not increase the workload much. I don’t know who decides that Pandya’s workload has increased. Because since he has returned from surgery, he has not played much cricket,” Sehwag said.

After he made a comeback to the national team, he bowled only four overs in the ODI series against Australia. In the T20I series against England at home, he bowled 17 overs in five games and was disciplined, giving away runs at a modest economy rate of 6.94.

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“At least to make a change, Hardik Pandya could have been given a spell of 3-4 overs. I don’t understand if he can bowl four overs in T20I cricket, then why cannot he do the same in ODI cricket,” Virender Sehwag said.

Playing Pandya as a pure batsman in the ODIs has also not gone as per plans. In the two ODIs, he has only scored 36 runs in two matches. Sehwag said his performance should be assessed based only on his batting in the ODIs since he does not bowl in the 50-overs format.

“If he only wants to play as a batsman, then say that he will only play as a batsman in ODI cricket, so then his performance will be assessed accordingly. Because as an allrounder you sometimes get an advantage, that if you are unable to perform with the bat on one day, then you performed with the ball,” Sehwag said.

“Or vice-versa. But if he is not going to ball, then he will only be assessed as a batsman. So, I am a little disappointed that Pandya did not bowl a single over. If he is fit, he can bowl four overs in T20Is, so he could have bowled a couple of overs. If he had got a breakthrough, it would have helped the team,” he added.

Ind vs Eng: Sehwag not impressed with Pandya’s workload management, says ‘load hasn’t come yet

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