Former India opener Aakash Chopra said that India are yet to pick between Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Bishnoi as their preferred wrist-spinner for the 2024 T20 World Cup as well. However, Bishnoi played all three games in the recently concluded T20I series against Afghanistan, claiming two wickets at an economy rate of 10.18. Meanwhile, Kuldeep, who was added to the playing XI only for the final game, registered 1/31 in his three overs.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Who is our lead spinner between Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Bishnoi as only one of them might get to play? Both might not be able to play together. If that happens, who will play in the XI? I think it is TBD (to be decided). We didn’t play (Mohammed) Siraj and (Jasprit) Bumrah. Among the three fast bowlers, only Arshdeep (Singh) has consolidated his position slightly because he bowled well in the first two matches. Mukesh Kumar saw both highs and lows, and Avesh (Khan) played only one match. So it is yet to be decided.”
However, Aakash Chopra also added that Deepak Chahar should be added to the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2024. However, he also added that performances in IPL 2024 would be the deciding factor. While talking about the battle between Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja, the veteran also stated that the former has always delivered the goods whenever he has been given a chance as well.
“Axar Patel or Jaddu? Axar Patel hasn’t let you down even once whenever he has been given chances. He has been absolutely consistent. He was played two matches (vs Afghanistan), picked up four wickets, and was the Player of the Match in the second match,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “You played him five matches against Australia. He was the Player of the Match in the last two matches. He is economical, picks up wickets, and bowls the difficult overs. He bowls in the powerplay and bats decently as well. In my book, he is slightly ahead of Jaddu.”