Indian captain Virat Kohli not using Hardik Pandya to bowl in the 2nd ODI inspite of the spinners being blown away by the brutal hitting of Stokes and Bairstow has come in for lots of criticism accross the media and expert circles .
Virender Sehwag , known to make straight forward comments without diplomatic answers was very vocal about the way Pandya’s bowling is being used in 2nd ODI.
It may be mentioned that Hardik had gone through a long recovery period of several months after his surgery in 2019.
“At least to make a change, Hardik Pandya could have been given a spell of 3-4 overs. I don’t understand if he can bowl four overs in T20I cricket, then why cannot he do the same in ODI cricket,” Sehwag said .
“If there are no overs in Hardik Pandya’s workload, then I feel something is wrong. Kohli said that workload management is being done for all bowlers including Pandya. But it cannot be so that he does not bowl a single over. Fielding for 50 overs is also tiring, so if he bowls four-five overs in between, it would not increase the workload much. I don’t know who decides that Pandya’s workload has increased. Because since he has returned from surgery, he has not played much cricket,” Sehwag added .
He missed the Tests. He has played 3 T20Is, in which he bowled four-six overs. The load of work has not even come on him yet since he has returned to fitness. If he was playing non-stop cricket across all formats, then I would have understood it. But he has no load on himself yet. He has only played T20Is. Maybe he might have said that he will not bowl 10 overs in ODI cricket, because if I get injured I might have to miss IPL.” Sehwag mentioned.