Former cricketer Wasim Jaffar recalled that the luxury the current Indian team lacks which he enjoyed in 2010. Recently, India They struggled to find an additional bowling option when they played five-a-side white-ball cricket. The Men in Blue became victims of the same problem in the first ODI against New Zealand as they failed to defend a target of 307 runs. The Indian bowlers were having a day off but Shikhar Dhawan was not at liberty to get any part-time bowler in the XI. As a result, India had to drop Sanju Samson from the XI in the last two ODIs to make way for Deepak Hooda.
Jaafar garnered high praise from young player Washington Sundar for his batting skills in the ODI series against New Zealand with Southpaw scoring some valuable runs in the first and third ODIs.
“He’s the bright spot on this tour. He’s back after injury and put in a show. He’s batted beautifully in both the ODIs, and he can play in the Powerplay too. He’s very young and he can mature and become a better cricketer,” Jaffer said on ESPNCricinfo.
However, he noted that in 2010 India had players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sihwag, Yuvraj Singh and Sourav Ganguly who used to play an important role in the team when the specialist bowlers were on vacation. During the current setup, India does not have the same freedom that the batsmen do not offer anything with the ball.
“If you see the team in 2010 and before, a lot of batters are used to running. India had this luxury where Sachin, Siwag, Yuvraj and Ganguly used to bowl. In this team, you don’t see a lot of batters doing that. It’s a pity that when Jadeja isn’t playing And Pandya, India finds missing 6th and 7th picks.If the bowlers don’t perform, India finds itself wanting in that department.So, India needs to look at this in 2023 Globalism Jaafar said as well.
Meanwhile, dirty India lost the three-match ODI series against New Zealand 0-1 after the third and final match was rained out.
Chasing 220, New Zealand were cruising at 104/1 in 18 overs, 50 ahead of Duckworth-Lewis’ score, when rain stopped the match again in the white-ball series.
Kane Williamson and Co., only needed 116 runs from up to 32 overs, although the content had to be “no score” because the game was too short to technically be called complete.