Australia defeated India by 51 runs in the second ODI of the three-match series on Sunday. With the win, Australia took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The Indian bowlers were once again put in a lot of hard work and as a result the hosts scored a total of 389/4.
Gambhir stressed the importance of getting an early wicket and criticized Kohli for his ‘poor leadership’ in the second ODI.
We’ve been talking about how important it is to take wickets at the forefront if you have to stop this kind of batting team and then you make your main bowler bowl two overs. Usually, an ODI match will probably have three spells of 4-3-3 Or maybe a maximum of four overs, ”ESPNCrinfo Gambhir said after the match.
“But if you stop your Premier fast bowler from throwing two overs in front with a new ball, I can’t understand that kind of leadership. I can’t even describe that leadership. It’s not T20 cricket. I can probably” understand the reason to be honest because it’s poor leadership. He said.
Gambhir pointed out that the lack of a sixth bowling option was hurting Team India and said that all-rounders like Washington Sundar or Shivam Dube could have been tried.
“He could have given somebody like Washington Sunder or Shivam Dube or who was in the squad to play the next game and see how they go in ODI format. But if you don’t have anybody in Australia it is an option error,” Gambhir said.
“Unless you judge someone, you can’t figure out how good they are internationally. India has not taken those options to Australia and they can come back to hurt it big time,” he said.
In Canberra, the two teams will lock horns on dead rubber on Wednesday.