India team lost spark they had under Kohli, says Sarandeep Singh

Former Team India manager Sarandeep Singh believes the Men in Blue lack the spark and aggressiveness they had under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.

Sarandeep’s remarks came after South Africa beat India by seven wickets in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-legged series on Friday.

“India were favorites from day one, not only in the Test matches but even in the ODIs. The way they lost the Test matches. In the second Test, India lost a lot but the only thing is it’s not about the players it’s also about the captaincy we thought KL Rahul would be very cool and calm but if you see the captain of Virat he was very energetic and pumped up. The same way the team used to play because all the players were pumped up but now what I feel sitting from the outside “It’s the Indian team somehow missing that spark . They don’t have that spark and that energy is not there,” Sarandeep told ANI.

“They scored big runs because 287 is a big tally. The SA team played like champions. They played disciplined cricket, they played for the win. If you talk about Venkatesh Iyer, he’s not so fast and he’s an opener. He did well in the T20s and he’s a big hitter. Now he’s hitting at number six. He can’t hit because the ground isn’t open.

Sarandeep also said pacemaker Prasidh Krishna should be included in the Playing XI and both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami should be rested, in order to avoid a 3-0 loss.

“Mohammed Siraj is still injured but I’m in big favor with Prasidh Krishna. The young big fast bowler should get a chance. Jasprit Bumrah or Mohammed Shami both shouldn’t rest because you don’t want to be 3-0 down. So, you need an experienced bowler there. So Prasidh Krishna should be judged and you should choose Axar Patel over Ravichandran Ashwin. You need someone to contribute both with bat and ball and the ground as well,” Sarandeep said.

“I think India’s pitch was also very poor from the way we dropped the holds. You can see how easily the singles were dealt. There was no pitch in the circles and surprisingly , Virat Kohli is not seen on the pitch all the time as he somehow seems to be lost in the scenes, he is on the pitch in bounds and not seen in circles. So there are few things missing,” he added.

The ex-manager further said that Team India were doing very well under the management of Ravi Shastri and Kohli as they brought aggression into the game.

“You see what Ravi Shastri has done with the team. How Ravi Shastri has pumped up the team. This team was doing so well for the last seven years under Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli and they were both aggressive and the Modern cricket needs something like that. They need to be aggressive. Look at the way SA played. They were aggressive and look at the way they won,” the former manager said.

Quinton de Kock (78) and Janneman Malan (91) seized the opportunity with the bat as South Africa beat India by seven wickets in the second ODI. For South Africa, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram remained unbeaten at 37 apiece.

Earlier, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul hit 85 and 55 respectively as India went 287/6 in the twenty overs allowed. Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin also went undefeated innings of 40 and 25 respectively. For the Proteas, Tabraiz Shamsi returned with two wickets.

The third and final ODI will be played in Cape Town on Sunday.

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