India lost the fifth one-day international against Australia by 35 runs and the five-match ODI series 3-2 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday.
Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar came down hard on Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant, after the loss, saying that they had “great chance” to performance and confirm their spot in the 2019 ICC World Cup.
“Really disappointed with Pant and Shankar today, what a great chance to show their ability,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.
Manjerakr went onto suggest that Vijay needn’t have played too many big shots and would rather have taken some lessons from his skipper Virat Kohli and played along the ground.
“Shankar may have the big shots but he is no Pant, must learn to keep the strike rate up by hitting more along the ground just like his captain does,” Manjrekar tweeted.
Really disappointing with Pant and Shankar today, what a great chance to show their ability. Shankar may have the big shots but he is no Pant, must learn to keep the strike rate up by hitting more along the ground just like his captain does.#AusvIndia
Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 13, 2019
Vijay Shankar scored 21-ball 16 before being tempted by well-tossed up ball from Adam Zampa. Vijay had hit a six on the just the previous delivery but tried to lift the ball again, only to find Usman Khawaja in the deep.
India had got off to a terrible start Shikhar Dhawan (12) being dismissed by Pat Cummins in the fifth over of the innings. With the score on 15/1, Virat Kohli joined Rohit at the crease.
The duo tried to settle the early nerves and all looked fine till Marcus Stoinis dismissed Kohli (20) against the run of play. Rishabh Pant was promoted to the number four position, and Nathan Lyon ensured that this experiment also failed for India as he walked back for 16, caught at first slip by Ashton Turner.
Rohit (given a life on 51 and 53 off Zampa’s bowling) was stumped by Alex Carey in the 27th over, and the fall of Vijay soon after, it looked like the start of the end of the India chase.
But Kedar Jadhav (44) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46) had other plans as they looked to take India home putting up 91-run stand. With 96 needed off the last 10 overs, they mixed caution with aggression and stretched the game towards the death overs.
Just when it looked like India would scamper home, Bhuvneshwar was sent back by Cummins. With Kedar dismissed off the first ball of the very next over by Richardson, it was curtains.