Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja claims that some players are not playing in ‘their ideal positions’ in ongoing India vs England T20I series. Jadeja’s comments come after Pandya batted at no.7 for India in the third T20I against England on Tuesday.
Ajay Jadeja on India vs England 3rd T20I
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Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja has reckoned that the Virat Kohli-led team-management is not utilizing the destructive prowess of all-rounder Hardik Pandya properly.
“I feel some players are not playing in their ideal positions. For example, I am a big fan of how Hardik Pandya plays his game. When he came out to bat, look at the England bowlers who had overs left. Archer, Wood, and an over or two of someone else.
“There is no team who have five frontline bowlers. You will always have one bowler who’s slightly weaker than the others. India needs to understand which batsman will give them the maximum returns when they come up against a particular bowler.
“You know the pace at which Hardik Pandya bats when he’s having a good day. You have to think whether you want to up the ante when your batsmen are facing Archer or Wood, or when someone like Jordan or Sam Curran is bowling. That’s why I feel India’s current batting lineup isn’t in their best interest,” Jadeja told Cricbuzz.
Hardik Pandya batted at the 6th spot in the first game and struggled against the raw pace of Archer and Wood, eventually managing a lackluster 21-ball 19.
India needs to win the 4th T20I match of the 5 matches T20I series to stay alive in the tournament. Apart from this BCCI announced that the remaining matches of ongoing India vs England series will be played behind closed doors owing to the rapid spread of COVID19 in India.