Idea to split Rohit, Rahul against NZ was not ‘good’, says Nasser Hussain

Hussain also stated that India doesn’t play a fearless brand of cricket in events like ICC, and it is quite surprising to look at the talent they have.

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New Delhi: Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes that India should not have divided Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the T20 World Cup game against New Zealand. In the match against New Zealand, India brought in Ishan Kishan replacing Suryakumar Yadav and the left-hand player opened the batting line with Rahul.

“I see India as a very talented side but sometimes selection wise Hardik Pandya just playing as a batter alters the balance of the side. Against New Zealand, the idea to split Rohit and Rahul was not a good one,” Hussain stated.

Hussain also stated that India doesn’t play a fearless brand of cricket in events like ICC, and it is quite surprising to look at the talent they have.

“You have got to go out and express yourself. India has got so much talent. That may be the only thing that’s holding India back in ICC events. They don’t quite play the fearless brand of cricket that they deserve to because they are so talented,” he said.

“I had them as favourites. They had been playing IPL here, are a star-studded side. They got a setback in that first game. The way Shaheen Afridi bowled in the powerplay, those two deliveries that Rohit and Rahul got would have got a lot of great cricketers out. That’s sometimes the problem with the Indian side. They are so good at the top, some of the middle-order don’t get much of a hit and suddenly you need a Plan B and that was found wanting,” he stated.

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