KL Rahul Is Getting Trolled For Electing To Bowl First In 2nd ODI vs Zimbabwe

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The second ODI of the India versus Zimbabwe series kicked off on Saturday in Harare. Similar to the first ODI, KL Rahul, India’s stand-in skipper for this series, won the toss and elected to bowl first, for which, however, he was trolled and criticised by a lot of fans.

Netizens were unhappy because they felt India should have batted first and provide their batsmen with a good chance to bat: in the first ODI nobody other than the openers got to bat as Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 81* and 82* respectively, comfortably chasing down the target of 190 with all 10 wickets to spare.

KL Rahul himself needs some amount of time in the middle as he is coming off a two-month injury layoff and should be in the rhythm ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup next week in the UAE where he is expected to open alongside skipper Rohit Sharma.

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India made one change to their eleven: Shardul Thakur comes in place of Deepak Chahar, who was the Player of the Match in the first ODI. Zimbabwe also made a couple of changes in what is a do-or-die game for the hosts.

It is believed that Chahar has been rested as the previous ODI was his first international game in six months when he was sidelined due to injuries, and since his body needs time to get tuned to the demands of 50-over cricket again, experts reckoned Chahar was rested; also giving Thakur a chance to do well after some disappointing returns recently.

After electing to bowl first, KL Rahul said that because of the help to the bowlers from the pitch and conditions early on, he decided to field first.

However, the interim India skipper was trolled heavily by fans:

“Inexplicable”, is how a senior journalist described KL Rahul and India’s decision to bowl first.

Another fan opined that this is a “very defensive” call by the Indian management.

“Baffled” and “Surprising” were other reactions:

At the toss, KL Rahul said: “We will bowl first. Looks a little better, looks a lot harder than the previous surface and obviously bowling first there’s something in the wicket, hopefully we get early wickets. I would have taken 180-190 at the start, we bowled really well and there was no dropped catch or missed chance, just that they (Evans and Ngarava) batted really well after the ball got old. Just one change – Deepak Chahar misses out, Shardul Thakur comes in.”

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