I can’t understand that kind of captaincy: Gambhir criticizes Kohli

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has criticized India captain Virat Kohli heavily and said that he really doesn’t understand the captaincy style of Kohli.

I can’t understand that kind of captaincy: Gambhir criticizes Kohli

Gambhir also questioned why Kohli used team’s main pacer Jasprit Bumrah only for two overs in the powerplay overs.

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“I can’t understand the captaincy to be honest. 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,” Gambhir said on ESPNCricinfo’s post-match show.

“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.”

India began their Australia tour with a shambolic start in the ODI series. They lost the ODI series already as they were beaten in the first two ODIs. Especially the bowlers of Team India had been in poor form as Australia scored 370+ runs in the first two matches consecutively.

In these two matches, India also felt the scarcity of sixth bowler in the team. That’s why the 39-year old Gambhir also pointed out that point and said India should the all-rounders like Washington Sundar or Shivam Dube.

“They could have given someone like Washington Sundar or Shivam Dube or whoever was there in the squad to play the next game and see how they go into the one-day format. But if you don’t have anyone in Australia then it is a selection error as well.”

“Unless and until you don’t judge someone you will never be able to find how good he is at the international level. India has not taken those options to Australia and those might come back to hurt them big time,” Gambhir said.

India and Australia will face off in the last ODI of the series on Wednesday (December 2) at Canberra.

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