Among the areas in which the Indian team found itself lacking was the absence of batsmen who could run a bit in the T20 Globalism Glass. Gone are the days when the Indian team was filled with batsmen who were more than capable players and could be called upon to sit in a few overs when needed.
In an inquiry as to why he was not out during the second T20I against New Zealand, India Captain Hardik Pandya said he wanted to see how other players can contribute to the ball moving forward.
Pater Deepak Hooda passed the Test with flying colors with figures of 4/10 with his off-kilter bowling as India beat New Zealand for 126 while defending for 192.
Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doll believes more Indian batsmen should start contributing ball as well as f Hooda’s example.
“I want Shreyas Iyer to swing his arm. I want them to practice in the net. Deepak Hooda is actually spending some time, bowling. He wants to bowl and he wants to be part of that side and he wants to be an option,” Doll said on Sunday.
Doll said Pandya was not expected to be knocked down in every match. “When Hardik can’t bowl, as he’s going through the rest of his career, he probably won’t be able to half the matches, because that’s just the nature of his body and how hard he’s bowling, and he’s trying to fast as well.”
“So India needs one or two more among the top six who can do the job. Deepak Hooda showed again tonight, yeah there was no massive pressure, but you can just do what you’ve been asked to do, and he did exactly that tonight.” .
Doll touched on India’s problem of not having enough batting everywhere in the past. This has always been the problem. When Hardik is injured, what are we going to do next? I mean, Shardul (Thakur) did a great job in the Test series in Australia. Those guys around will. But I’m talking about real speculators.
He pointed out why Shreyas Iyer did not bowl regularly.
“Shreyas Iyer – why isn’t he using more lockups? It doesn’t mean there is any shortage of spinners in the Indian team to go and learn how to get spin off. Why isn’t he doing that? That’s my question about the situation. These guys need to know what they’re doing,” Doll said. Their future holds.
For the record, Iyer has bowled just two deliveries in India’s 48 T20Is while in 33 ODIs, he has dished out 31 deliveries.