Despite bowling very well in the second T20I against New Zealand at Lucknow, Indian Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was not given more than two overs to bowl. He picked a wicket of Finn Allen and conceded only four runs in his two overs spell.
Former Indian Cricketer Gautam Gambhir was not happy with this and slammed skipper Hardik Pandya for not completing Chahal’s quota of four overs.
“Massive surprise. I can’t answer this question, that too on a wicket like this. Chahal is your number one spinner the T20 format. Just asking him to bowl two overs and in that he got the important wicket of Finn Allen and then not using his full quota of overs makes no sense to me,” said Gambhir on Star Sports after the match.
Massive surprise, asking Hooda to bowl four overs but not Chahal: Gambhir
“Yes, you want to give young guys another opportunity like Arshdeep Singh or Shivam Mavi. But then you could have bowled Chahal in the last over as well, or earlier. So I feel he missed a trick. He could have got New Zealand bowled for maybe 80 or 85 and on this kind of pitch, you don’t want to let the opposition off the hook. Massive surprise, asking Hooda to bowl four overs but not Chahal,” said Gambhir.