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Virat Kohli's captaincy comes under scrutiny following India's back-to-back defeat vs Aus

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 30 November 2020, 15:03 IST

The Aussies clinched the three-match ODI series against the men in blue with a game in hand after winning by 51 runs in the second ODI at the SCG on Sunday. Australia thoroughly overshadowed the visitors in the opening ODI and did so again on Sunday to wrap up the series.

The Indian bowling attack in the two matches so far has come under heavy criticism, with Australia scoring more than 370 runs on both the games. Virat Kohli's captaincy too has come under fire, with former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir questioning some of the changes made by the India skipper.

Fans too were not happy and took to Twitter and emitted their disappointment at India's "bizarre" tactics under Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri.

"I can't understand the captaincy to be honest. We kept talking about how important it was to take wickets upfront, if you have to stop this kind of batting line-up and then you make your premier bowler bowl two overs," Gautam Gambhir said in a video posted on ESPNCricinfo.

"Normally, in a one-day game, probably there are three spells and you finish 10 overs -- 4,3,3 -- or probably the maximum is four overs. But if you stop your premier fast bowler just by bowling two overs upfront with the new ball, I can't understand that kind of captaincy and I can't even explain that captaincy," he added.

"It's not T20 cricket. T20 cricket is different and sometimes even in T20 cricket, people end up bowling three overs upfront. I can't understand the reason to be honest, that was poor captaincy," Gambhir said.

Some angry fans criticised the happenings in Indian cricket, training their guns at the Kohli-Shastri combination. Many others wrote that Rohit Sharma should be made the skipper of team India.




India's tour has gotten off to a very bad start, with the visitors completely dominated in both the ODIs. Australia's batting has stamped their control, with the Indian bowlers looking short of ideas and creativity.

The two heavyweights will now lock horns in the third and final ODI in Canberra, before the three-match T20I and a four-Test series.

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First published: 30 November 2020, 15:03 IST