Aakash Chopra opens up on India’s death bowling woes
By SMCS - Oct 3, 2022 5:00 pm
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Although Team India won the second T20I against South Africa in Guwahati, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra wasn’t happy with their death bowling. However, Arshdeep Singh was impressive with the new ball once again as he picked up two in his first over. Arshdeep’s figures of 2/62, coupled with Harshal Patel’s 0/45 in his four overs, is a huge concern for the team as well.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma led the Indian team

Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra stated that Arshdeep and Harshal need to improve as they could be India’s go-to bowlers in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

He said: “Arshdeep gave away 62 runs in four overs. This is when you bowled two overs in the powerplay and picked up two wickets, with the opposition struggling. Harshal Patel was also expensive and the two fast bowlers together gave away 107 runs in eight overs. These pacers will play in the World Cup, so it is a huge worrying sign.”

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Aakash Chopra is also concerned about the lack of wickets from veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The former batter felt it was his job to break the partnership between southpaws David Miller and Quinton de Kock, who remained unbeaten as well.

“Can’t blame Axar Patel for his figures because he bowled the 20th over, which is not really his job. Ashwin has now bowled eight overs without a wicket. He was economical in the last game, but I need wickets. If you don’t pick wickets, you have to hold back Axar because of the left-handers and then they cash-in when you have no choice but to give him the final over. So 0/37 is not a great return.”Aakash Chopra stated.

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Team India witnessed a dream start

He also explained how Rahul batted exactly as the situation demanded in both the games in the series.

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He said: “KL Rahul’s intent was perfect right from the first ball. That pick-up flick shot for a six is something that he plays really well. For those who had an issue with his strike rate at Thiruvananthapuram, it was important for him to play that way there and this way here. Do you still have a problem? When KL Rahul is in this mood, he is almost unstoppable.”

“Suryakumar Yadav is currently in a world of his own. He feels that if a ball isn’t made to reach a particular part of the ground, it is unfair. We have all been taught to hit in the ‘V’. But he has an inverted ‘V’ and has the capability to hit 360 degrees. He is consistently doing well now against good bowling sides,” Aakash Chopra concluded.