Post India’s humiliating loss in the 1st Test against England at Chennai, Sanjay Manjrekar has said that Virat Kohli’s strategies sometimes are little hard to understand.
While Manjrekar reckons that India wasn’t that bad in terms of team selection, he feels that Virat Kohli’s way of managing his bowlers was not up to the mark.
“I wouldn’t say India had bad tactics or they blundered on tactics. Team selection I think was fair. People are talking about Kuldeep Yadav now because Shahbaz Nadeem hasn’t bowled well. This was a tailor-made pitch for him. Tactically, the small parts of the game where Washington Sundar I think bowled the wrong line to begin with. He is a great guy to bowl outside off stump and when he did that, it troubled the opposition batsmen. That’s where Virat Kohli is a little hard to understand, with his overall strategy and team selection,” said Manjrekar to cricinfo
Talking about Nadeem’s performance in the match, Manjrekar stated that Virat Kohli could have been a little more proactive in handling him. Nadeem had a horrible outing in Chennai as he was smashed for 223 runs at an economy of over 4.
“His first few overs, he had two people on the drive. Maybe the bowlers weren’t allowed to begin with to bowl to the field that he wanted. But more than tactics, India’s ability in this match fell short and they would want to make amends in the second Test. Tactically, England were superior but I won’t say that India blundered tactically,” Manjrekar said.