Does Hardik have a muscle strain?
Pandya also batted long against Pakistan after bowling four overs at around 140 kmph. Australia’s pitches are huge, so the batsmen have to score a lot of runs. Pandya was also seen struggling with muscle strain during the Indian innings. During the net session, when Pandya was asked if he had a severe muscle strain, he said, “No, I don’t think so. It could be because I have never scored so many runs in T20Is before.
Everyone rested except Ashwin
Although India beat Pakistan in a thrilling match, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda worked up a sweat in the two-hour net session at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Except for Ravichandran Ashwin, all the bowlers who played against Pakistan in this net session were rested.
Rahul looked restless
The biggest complaint about Rahul is that he is not contributing to the team with the bat in big matches. He failed to score in three of the last four matches against Pakistan. Rahul, who was in excellent form during the bilateral series against Australia and South Africa, was under pressure in this match.
During this exercise, Rahul practiced on balls outside the off stump. During Rahul’s batting practice, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Harshal Patel were consistently asked to bowl outside the off-stump. He did not look very comfortable during this and time and again the front of his bat turned towards the body.