Sunil Gavaskar, the renowned batsman, was displeased with India captain Rohit Sharma’s decision not to bowl to Ravichandran Ashwin early in the opening session of the ongoing third Test against Australia in Indore. Crucially, Ashwin was inserted into the assault minutes before refreshments in the first session. With India anxious for early wickets on Day 2, Gavaskar criticised Rohit for under-utilizing Ashwin and focussing too much on matchups.
I am not sure why the match-up is getting so much attention. Ashwin didn’t come in until the final over before the break since there were two right-handers in the crease. What happened after the two left-handed pitchers bowled due to the match-ups? Who will be the first to achieve a breakthrough? Ravichandran, Ashwin. He takes the wicket of Handscomb. He is a good player who can take wickets whether the bowler is right-handed or left-handed. He’s an excellent bowler. Ashwin has nearly 450 wickets and should have gotten the ball much sooner.” Gavaskar mentioned something on Star Sports during the lunch break.
Ashwin immediately stopped the potentially lethal duo of Peter Handscomb and Cameron Green after being inserted into the attack. Umesh Yadav removed Handscomb on 19 before going past Australia’s tail.
Despite being dismissed for 197, Australia managed to gain an 88-run lead.
In response, Indian batsmen struggled against the Australian spinners, leaving the hosts at 79 for four at tea.
Cheteshwar Pujara (36 off 76 balls) seemed the most solid of the Indian hitters, while Virat Kohli (13) looked good until he was bowled lbw by Kuhnemann.