Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes that the team’s management should line up a different bowling suit for the upcoming T20 World Cup matches, following their poor performance as a unit in the match. opening against Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday.
Bowlers failed to pick just one wicket as the opening pair of captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan sewed an unbeaten and record-breaking stand of 152 races to beat India by 10 wickets. It was Pakistan’s first victory against India in 13 World Cup games.
All Indian bowlers conceded seven or more points per set on Sunday, with Mohammed Shami being the most expensive option, registering an economy rate of 11.20.
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Speaking about India’s bowling unit on his YouTube channel, Chopra explained that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is no longer the same bowler he used to be and that Shami has had more ordinary days in T20 cricket than good days. He also questioned the selection of Ravindra Jadeja, hinting that India may need a more offensive rotation option in the middle than a defensive option.
“You can’t come into the field with that five bowler combination. There are two ways to look at it. If you think you need a sixth bowling option then you might want to replace Hardik with Shardul, but it’s not like … replacement for-like. I’d rather play Hardik. But the combination has to change because Bhuvneshwar doesn’t look like the same melon. Shami blows hot and cold in T20s. Jadeja is a bowler at four, but is not a teller It is not a Rahul Chahar, a Yuzvendra Chahal or a Rashid Khan, “he said.
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Chopra, however, backed Varun Chakravarthy, who lost just 17 points in his first three overs before being crushed for two sixes in the 16th.
“Varun Chakravarthy has played a little international cricket so let’s give him some time. But is he your go-to player? Because when you choose a combination of five bowlers everyone has to be in good shape and can’t allow yourself to have an ordinary day in the middle. That’s why I think you need to change this combination. I don’t expect anything drastic, but the lesson learned (after the defeat of Pakistan) was that this combination will not work. So India has to go for a different bowling combination. ”
India has three other bench-warming bowling options – Chahar, Shardul and Ravichandran Ashwin. Management could look to replace Bhuvneshwar with Shardul, who will also give them some batting depth, but could continue with this combination of rotations.
India will next face New Zealand on October 31.