IND vs AUS third Check: Pragyan Ojha explains why India went with Navdeep Saini as a substitute of Shardul Thakur

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Navdeep Saini

India speedster Navdeep Saini made his Check debut on the SCG within the third Check of the continued four-match collection towards Australia. The appropriate-arm pacer had a memorable outing on Day 1 as he gave India a much-needed breakthrough. Saini broke a century stand between Marnus Labuschagne and Will Pucvoski by dismissing the latter on 62. 

Debutant Saini registered his first Check wicket by trapping Pucovski plumb within the 35th over. Saini ended the day with figures of 1/32, having bowled simply seven overs on the day. Within the rain-affected first day, Indian bowling unit might bowl solely 55 overs.

After the primary day’s play, cricketer-turned-commentator Pragyan Ojha revealed why Saini was most well-liked over Shardul Thakur for the Sydney Check. In line with Ojha, it was Saini’s tempo which made the distinction. 

“He (Saini) was good, he bowled brilliantly. We now have to know that the wicket right here is totally different (as in comparison with the one in Melbourne and Adelaide). However the line and size he was bowling, he was simply touching 140 (kmph), and that’s all the time a beautiful sight,” Ojha advised Sports activities As we speak.

“That’s why Saini was chosen forward of Shardul Thakur. They (Staff India) wished somebody on this sort of a monitor that can be a little bit flat. They wished somebody who might bowl fast, and he was fast.

“And thoughts you, it’s only his first sport. That nervousness can be there, however now after bowling these overs he can be rather more settled and he can be planning what to do and how one can go about it. However the way in which he bowled I used to be fairly impressed,” Ojha added additional.

Former India pacer Zaheer Khan additionally stated that everybody will see the ‘actual Saini’ on the second day of the Check. 

“I’m very joyful that Saini has already picked up his first wicket in nonetheless a lot he bowled at this time. Now he’ll return and sleep comfortable, do all his restoration, and when he comes tomorrow you will note the true Saini. So, I really feel he ought to be judged primarily based on how he does tomorrow,” stated Zaheer on Sony Sports activities Community.

At stumps, Australia have been in a commanding place, with Labuschagne and Steve Smith within the center. The hosts have put up 166/1 on Day 1 of the rain-marred encounter.

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