whose decision was that? sehwag fumes at lsg management for horrible call amid 56-run thrashing vs gt
Since the win against the Punjab Kings, Lucknow Super Giants had a pretty rough week all things considered. Super Giants, who looked on the course to make it to the playoffs, have all of sudden have their campaign come to a stuttering halt with two losses and a rained-out game in the last three matches. The heated exchanges and the verbals during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, skipper KL Rahul and Jaydev Unadkat’s injuries haven’t helped. Even though they have an advantage of one point over other teams, they need to win all their remaining games to reach the 8 wins mark. Coming off a washed out game, the Super Giants were handed a crushing defeat by 56 runs, off the hands of the Gujarat Titans.
Titans posted a huge score of 227 runs on the board and it was always going to be an uphill task trying to chase that down. However, Kyle Mayers and Quinton de Kock for the first time in IPL 2023, gave LSG a superb start in the powerplay as the visitors had 76 runs on the board after the powerplay. However, once the spinners Rashid Khan and Noor were introduced, it got more and more difficult for the LSG batters and once Mayers got out, the writing was on the wall. However, LSG didn’t help themselves with a blunder of a call by sending in Deepak Hooda at No. 3. Hooda, who has been struggling this season, scored 11-ball 11 and brought the whole temp down for the innings.
Former India batter Virender Sehwag was taken aback by the poor call saying that when the required rate was so high, in-form batters like Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran should have walked in to bat. Sehwag also opined that even Ayush Badoni could have been sent in but Hooda’s promotion just took them out of the game as his innings slowed the game so much that the incoming batters had to hit straight away and got out in that process.
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Speaking to Cricbuzz, Segwag said, “They were 102/1 after 10 overs. They shouldn’t have lost with this much of a margin after that. After that first wicket, I believe an in-form batter should’ve come; it could be Pooran, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya himself, or Ayush Badoni, who scored some very quick runs in the previous game against Chennai. And who came? Hooda?
“They lost that match at that moment. It was a blunder from LSG. If Nicholas Pooran had come there, the way he plays, he could’ve probably scored a 20-ball 50 and changed the game. If you need 100 runs in five overs, you are not going to win,” he added.
“Ayush Badoni scored 21 off 11 balls. If he had arrived at the time, he could’ve increased the pace of scoring as well. Whose decision was that? Captain? Coach? or the management? Who sent Hooda at 3? It should’ve been an in-form batter there,” Sehwag said after fellow expert Manoj Tiwary mentioned Badoni, who was coming off a half-century from the last game.
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