Sanjay Manjrekar Slams Rishabh Pant & Vijay Shankar
India’s long unbeaten streak at home came to an end on Wednesday with the 35 runs defeat in the fifth ODI. India lost the series 3-2 to suffer their first ODI series loss at home since 2015. Batting first, Australia posted 272 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs. Usman Khawaja once again starred with the bat by scoring his second ton of the series.
At 175 for 1 in the 33rd over, Australia looked set to post 300 again. However, they lost wickets in heaps towards the end and thus finished on 272. But the score turned out to be more than enough in the end as India rarely looked in contention to chase it down. India had started their chase on a poor note with last game’s centurion Shikhar Dhawan (12) being dismissed by Pat Cummins in the fifth over of the innings.
India lost the series-decider by 35 runs (Credits: Getty)
With the score on 15/1, Virat Kohli joined Rohit at the crease. The duo took the score past the 50-run mark before Marcus Stoinis dismissed Kohli for 20. Rishabh Pant was promoted to the number four position and he started brightly, hitting a four and a six in no time. However, Nathan Lyon ensured that Pant’s adventure does not last long by dismissing him for 16. Rohit Sharma showed promise but departed after scoring 56. India soon found themselves reeling at 132 for 6.
The game looked all but over at that stage. But Kedar Jadhav (44) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46) had other plans as they looked to take India home. However, before the victory could come in sight, Pat Cummins broke their 91-run stand. On the very next delivery, Jhye Richardson dismissed Jadhav to reduce India to 223 for 8. India were eventually all out for 237.
And as soon as the game ended, Manjrekar took to Twitter to slam Pant and Shankar for their failure to make the chances count.
Vijay Shankar (Credits: Getty Images)
He particularly targeted Shankar for throwing away his wicket while going for a big shot.
Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.
Sanjay Manjrekar added.
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