‘The current lineup of India’s hitters is not in their best interest’: Ajay Jadeja

Citing the example of Hardik Pandya, the cricketer turned commentator said that the all-around player’s hitting skills are not being fully utilized by the team.

After India’s 8-wicket loss in the third T20I to England on Tuesday, former cricketer Ajay Jadeja was of the opinion that some players are not playing in “their ideal positions”. Citing the example of Hardik Pandya, the cricketer turned commentator said that the all-around player’s hitting skills are not being fully utilized by the team.

Pandya has not been able to express herself properly with the bat in the series so far. In the third T20I on Tuesday, he went out at bat at No.7 and couldn’t do much against Mark Wood and Jofra Archer. He ended up playing a 17-point shot on 15 deliveries including two sixes.

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Speaking on Cricbuzz, Jadeja said Pandya could have performed better if he hadn’t had to face England’s front row bowlers.

“I think some players are not playing in their ideal positions. For example, I’m a big fan of the way Hardik Pandya plays his game. When he came out at bat, look at the English bowlers who had left the overs. Archer, Wood, and a couple of someone else.

“There is no team that has five front row bowlers. You will always have a slightly weaker bowler than the others. India needs to understand which batsman will give them the most performance when they come up against a particular bowler, ”said Jadeja.

“You know the pace at which Hardik Pandya beats when he’s having a good day. You have to be wondering if you want to increase the bet when your batsmen face Archer or Wood, or when someone like Jordan or Sam Curran is bowling. That’s why I think the current lineup of India’s hitters is not in their best interest, ”he added.

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Earlier in the series opener on March 12, Pandya came in 6th and scored 19 points on 21 balls before perishing against Jofra Archer. He didn’t stand a chance in Game 2 as skipper Virat Kohli and debutant Ishan Kishan did most of the work and guided India to a tremendous 7-wicket victory.

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