The Indian cricket team suffered a one-sided defeat against England during the second One Day International (ODI) in Pune. The Jos Buttler-led side went past the hosts comfortably with six wickets in hand and more than six overs left.
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli used just five bowling options during the game as Hardik Pandya didn’t bowl even a single over. However, all of them went for runs and the team needed an alternative to chip in a few overs. Former India cricketer VVS Laxman also felt the same as he reckoned that Kohli missed a trick during the second innings. He mentioned that India needed a fast bowler at the time when Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya were bowling.
“It was very difficult to get (when 3 quick England wickets fell), just 35 more runs were needed then, even though you got the wicket of Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler. The way Prasidh Krishna came in that over and took 2 wickets. I was a little surprised that again went to Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav because if at all India had to pull off the game it was through the fast bowler. Virat Kohli missed a trick there but overall an unbelievable onslaught of the highest quality,” said Laxman on Star Sports.
Unbelievable hitting from Bairstow and Stokes: Laxman
England batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes played marvellous knocks of 124 and 99 respectively. The English duo brutally attacked the Indian bowlers all around the park. VVS Laxman also hailed the power-hitting of these two batsmen, calling it ‘pure class’.
“The power-hitting was unbelievable, the carnage from both Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes will be remembered for a long time. It was just pure class,” Laxman said.