Former Indian veteran batsman Sunil Gavaskar was disappointed with the collapse of the team’s top position during the Asian Cup match against Pakistan. He said veteran batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli could have used their feet better against Pakistan’s left pacesetter Shaheen Shah Afridi.
India’s 4 wickets fell early against Pakistan. Shaheen Afridi defeated Rohit and Kohli. After that, Haris Rauf fired Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill. Smart innings from Ishan Kishan (82) and Hardik Pandya (87) helped India to a competitive score of 266 in 48.5 overs.
The left-right handed batting pair formed a crucial 138-run partnership for the fifth wicket and moved forward under pressure. The game had to be canceled due to persistent rain after India’s innings.
Sunil Gavaskar said: “Both batsmen (Rohit and Virat) could have used their feet a little better. There was a big gap between Rohit Sharma’s racquet and pad. Shreyas Iyer was unlucky. It was a great hook shot, but it went straight to the fielder. Had the fielder been 5 yards left or right, it would have been a boundary. For some odd reason, Shubman Gill seemed very subdued.
Gavaskar said on India Today: “It didn’t look like he was playing his natural game, it looked like he was in some kind of uncertainty around him. That’s why he didn’t get in touch for a long time.” He opened it and he looked very little like the Shubman Gill we know.”
Ishaan Kishan hit 82 of 81 balls in a counterattack, including nine fours and two sixes for a batting average of 101.23.
Regarding Ishan Kishan, Sunil Gavaskar said, “I think what he showed was that an opening batsman can bat anywhere in the lower order. Conversely, it is not easy. Where the middle tier hitter comes and hits.” Can open. It’s not easy, but an opening batsman can be placed anywhere in the lower rankings and he brings a left-handed dimension to the Indian batting lineup. If you look at the first four they are all right handed and then the left handed hitters come in which makes it a bit difficult for the bowlers.
He further added: “Also, he has an amazing ability to accelerate. He looks very small, but he hits hard. He hit some big sixes and the way he hit was really impressive because he generally likes to move after bowling. But whenever.” The need arose, he was attentive and recognized and felt what the situation was like.
Gavaskar also praised Pandya for his calm and controlled shot as well as guiding Kishan through the crucial fifth wicket partnership. He added: “On the other end, of course, was Hardik Pandya, the captain of the Gujarat Titans. So he knows what the situation is like, how to adjust his game and he guided him. So it was a very, very good partnership.” . Without this partnership, India would have scored 175 or 200.”
He further added: “Absolutely incredible. Yes I think no credit goes to the way he has guided Ishan Kishan through this partnership and of course reached a limit himself.” He took two more. He showed: You know, being able to cope with the situation in a crisis situation, that was a brilliant inning.”