India lose to Australia: Gambhir once again hit Virat Kohli on captaincy, ‘handling of Bumrah not correct’

IND vs AUS: India’s poor form in ODIs continue after it suffered its fifth consecutive defeat in the 50-over format. Chasing a mammoth total of 390, the Virat Kohli-side suffered a big loss of 51-runs against Australia in the 2nd ODI on Sunday in Sydney. With this they have lost the ODI series. Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was not happy with the result and lashed out at Kohli’s incompetency as a captain.

In ESPNCricinfo’s post-match show, Gambhir said that he could not understand why Kohli gave Jasprit Bumrah just two overs with the new ball.

“I cannot understand the captaincy, to be honest. We kept talking about how important is to take wickets upfront if we have to stop this kind of batting line-up and then you make your premier bowler bowl two overs. Normally, in a One Day game probably there are three spells of 4-3-3 overs. Or probably the maximum is four overs,” he said.

“But if you stop your premier fast bowler just by bowling two overs upfront with the news, I can’t understand that kind of captaincy. I probably can’t even explain that captaincy. It is not T20 cricket. I probably can’t understand the reason to be honest because that was poor captaincy.”

He went on to say that India could have solved their sixth bowler issue with Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube.

“They could have given someone like Washington Sundar or Shivam Dube or whoever was there in the squad to play the next game and see how they go into the one-day format. But if you don’t have anyone in Australia then it is a selection error as well.”

“Unless and until you don’t judge someone you will never be able to find how good he is at the international level. India has not taken those options to Australia and those might come back to hurt them big time,” Gambhir said.

India will play Australia on Wednesday for the 3rd and final ODI of the series.