VVS Laxman says India captain Virat Kohli ‘missed a trick’ throughout his staff’s defeat to England within the second one-day worldwide in Pune.
India did not defend 336 on Friday as Jonny Bairstow smashed a century and Ben Stokes scored 99 to guide England to a formidable six-wicket victory.
A superb 175-run partnership between England’s two batting heroes led the chase however India gave themselves a glimmer of hope when, within the area of 9 balls, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Stokes and Prasidh Krishna knocked over Bairstow and Jos Buttler.
At that stage, Kohli turned to his spinners – who has been ineffective earlier within the innings – and England regained composure, finally successful with 39 balls to spare to stage the collection at 1-1.
India legend Laxman informed Star Sports activities: ‘It was very tough for India at the moment. Though Bairstow and Buttler have been out, England solely had 50 runs to get.
‘Prasidh Krishna got here again and took two wickets, however I used to be a bit shocked that Virat Kohli once more went to Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav.
‘If India have been going to tug the sport again, it was going to be by means of the quick bowlers. So I assumed Virat missed a trick there.
‘However total, it was an unbelievable onslaught by England. The facility and high quality was unbelievable. The carnage of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes will probably be remembered for fairly a very long time.’
Regardless of Krunal Pandya conceding 72 runs from six overs, and Yadav 84 from ten, Kohli didn’t flip to all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who’s but to bowl on this ODI collection.
‘I used to be a bit shocked that Hardik Pandya didn’t bowl,’ Laxman added. ‘We knew Yadav and Krunal have been underneath stress from each ends.
‘You needed to interrupt that monotony. That’s why I used to be shocked he was not even given 4 or 5 overs.
‘I do know it is very important handle his workload, however successful this match is as necessary as managing his workload.’
Kohli, in the meantime, hailed England’s sensational batting efficiency after the defeat which leaves the collection poised at 1-1 forward of the decider on Sunday.
‘We didn’t execute too properly however I assumed they batted brilliantly tonight,’ the India skipper stated. ‘It was among the most superb batting you’ll see when chasing.
‘They completely blew us away throughout Jonny and Stokes’ partnership. We didn’t actually have a probability.’
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