Former India player Aakash Chopra has said that Ravi Bishnoi might not get a place in India’s playing XI for the first T20I against South Africa. However, India will face the Proteas in three T20Is, with the first game to be played in Durban on Sunday as well. Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar are the four spinners in India’s 17-member T20I squad as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Who was the Player of the Series in the last series – Ravi Bishnoi. You might not be able to play Ravi Bishnoi here. If you play Ravi Bishnoi, you will drop Kuldeep Yadav. You have created a huge dilemma for the team. You won’t be able to play the Player of the Series of the last series at all. If you play him (Bishnoi), you will feel how can you make Kuldeep sit out. There is no justice. After that, since Siraj is back, Siraj, Arshdeep and Mukesh is what I am thinking.”
Aakash Chopra further added that he isn’t sure about Deepak Chahar’s availability. He missed the last T20I against Australia, and there are questions over whether he has reached South Africa as his father is recovering from a stroke as well. He also pointed out that India’s potential top six might not have a player who can bowl well.
“Axar (Patel) had a very good series (vs Australia) but he isn’t part of the team. Here Ravindra Jadeja is part of the team and as a vice-captain. Ravindra Jadeja at No. 7 and I know what you are thinking, that no one bowls in the top six,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “What are we doing? We are not playing the one or two guys who do that. Washi (Washington Sundar) and Shivam Dube can be there in that but they are not going to bat in the top six.”