“Herschl is a very an if…”: Former Indian cricketer makes big prediction about fast bowler
Team India had a night to forget on Tuesday when they lost to Australia by four wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series in Mohali. Despite setting a mammoth target of 209, the Rohit Sharma-led side failed utterly with the ball as pacers including Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya conceded 150 runs in 12 overs. Among all the fast bowlers, Harshal, who was making a comeback after being ruled out due to injury, left the fans completely disappointed as he conceded 49 runs in his spell.
However, former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar doubts whether the bowler will be effective on the flat and bouncy pitches of Australia in the T20 World Cup to be held in October-November.
“Herschl is someone we have seen over the years. We have seen him in IPL as well. He is someone who revolts when the pitch is dry when his slow ball gets really slow and becomes very difficult to play It is,” Manjrekar told Sports18.
“Last time their slower balls were going at around 120kmph. So, it’s not a huge drop in speed. So, if the pitch is flat, bouncy and fast then Harshal is a concern. That’s what you get in Australia. So that’s another thing that India will take care of, Harshal’s skills in Australia,” Manjrekar said.
Earlier this year, Harshal was beaten on a flat Ireland pitch, where he conceded 54 runs in his 4-over spell. Despite all these factors, the team management has included Harshal in the T20 World Cup squad, which will fly to Australia in October.
Coming to the first T20I, it was Hardik’s second T20I half-century to help India bat first to 208/6. Earlier, KL Rahul (55 off 35) and Suryakumar Yadav (46 off 25) had set the stage for India.
However, this was not enough as Australia chased down the target with four balls to spare.
Cameron Green’s 30-ball 61 at the top of the order and Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 45 off 21 as the visitors batted at number seven gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the series.
Axar Patel shone with the ball by taking three wickets for just 17 runs in four overs, but the rest of the Indian bowlers were clean bowled by the Australian batsmen.
Both the teams will face each other for the second T20 match to be held in Nagpur on Friday.
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