India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test: Parthiv Patel slams Niroshan Dickwella for poor shot selection

Former India player Parthiv Patel has criticized the shot selection of the Sri Lankan batsmen in their first Test against India in Mohali.

Parthiv Patel comments on 1st Test. (Image: Google)
By Shurti Banerjee | Mar 6, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Former India player Parthiv Patel has criticized the shot selection of the Sri Lankan batsmen in their first Test against India in Mohali. The hosts put up a mammoth 574 runs, courtesy of 175 runs from Ravindra Jadeja before declaring on Day 2.

Sri Lanka could only score 174 before getting bundled out on Day 3. However, unlike most Indian pitches, the Mohali wicket did not turn viciously. However, Patel blamed the poor batting approach of the Sri Lankan batters for their collapse. He gave the example of Niroshan Dickwella, who attempted a sweep shot despite India placing two deep fielders for that attempt as well.

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While speaking to Cricbuzz, the former Indian wicket-keeper shared the importance of playing with a straight bat while batting in such conditions.

“I think things are very difficult for Sri Lanka right now” – Parthiv Patel

“I had said that using the sweep shot on this pitch would be dangerous. Because if there is variation in bounce, it is very important to use your feet and play with a straight bat. You can’t play cross-batted shots on this pitch,” he added.

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Parthiv Patel further said: “Niroshan Dickwella is the fourth most experienced player in the Sri Lankan side and has played a lot of Tests. So you expect better application and back your defense more so that you get more confidence.”

“I think things are very difficult for Sri Lanka right now. If they are able to save the game from here then it will be one of the greatest escapes. But against the quality of bowling that is on display, it looks very difficult,” Parthiv Patel concluded.





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