the former India Fast bowler Ashish Nehra admitted that he was surprised at how skipper Rishabh Pant used leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, adding that when South African batsmen David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen were running big, Chahal Why was he not brought in to stop the run? -Flow.
Chahal is the top wicket-taker in defense of 211 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday IPL 2022, a fourth over was brought in to be bowled but was taken for 16 by Dwayne Pretorius and Quinton de Kock. Pant then brought Chahal back into the attack in the eighth over, where he conceded just six runs.
Chahal did his third over with South Africa going for just four runs in the final over, which they chased down with five balls to spare, leaving the leg-spinner with figures of 0/26 in 2.1 overs. His left-arm spin counterpart Axar Patel bowled his four consecutive overs in the middle overs stage and was 1/40 in four overs.
“The opposition scored 212 runs and Chahal bowled only two overs. It was not like he conceded 22 runs in an over. You know the runs are flowing. Even Axar Patel bowled an over to left arm David Miller. So, it was very surprising to me that a bowler like Yuzvendra Chahal bowled only two while the opposition scored 212 runs,” Nehra said on Cricbuzz after the match ended in favor of South Africa.
Elaborating further, Nehra, the head coach of IPL 2022 winners Gujarat Titans, commented, “Even Rassi van der Dussen was there. You bowled to Axar Patel even if you were looking at the left-right combination. So, I think you should have bowled Chahal around the 10th over. I can understand the thought that you would want to stop the flow of runs, but once David Miller started hitting sixes in almost every over, you had to bring in Chahal.
“It came as a great surprise to me that a bowler like him bowled only 2 overs at that stage of the match. He should have bowled the van der Dussen-Miller pair, especially when South Africa were chasing the target. Rishabh Pant definitely made a mistake there. He was also frantic in the powerplays, using five bowlers for six overs. However, the most important thing was that Chahal should have been given an over or two in the middle leg and should have looked for wickets.
Nehra said that if the Indian team management felt that Chahal should have bowled one more over in the middle phase of the innings, they should have sent a message to Pant. “Rishabh Pant is a young captain, he is just 24-25. He will learn and hopefully he will get better as a captain.
“Now, if Rahul Dravid feels that Chahal should bowl an over, a message can be sent because there is dugout and decisions have to be taken quickly. They have to keep things simple and be proactive, because talking about the past is not fruitful.”
With South Africa now 1-0 up in the five-match series, India will look to make a comeback in the second match in Cuttack on Sunday.