‘Poor captaincy’ Gambhir lashes out at Kohli


Karachi: Former Indian openers Gautam Gambhir lost his control over Virat Kohli’s captaincy after India lost three matches ODI series 2-0, with one match to go, against Australia at their backyard. 

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo after India lost the second ODI by 51 runs, Gambhir questioned Kohli’s decision to hold their frontline bowler Jasprit Bumrah in initial overs which he thinks had hurt the team.

“I can’t understand the captaincy to be honest,” he started. “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 continued.

“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 concluded.

It must be noted here that India and Australia will play last ODI on December 2 followed by three matches T20Is series, starting from December 4.

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