Former Indian cricketer Reetinder Sodhi wasn’t happy with the team’s decision to pick just three pacers in their squad for the 2022 Asia Cup. The players like Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh were expensive against Hong Kong and this has raised many questions over team selection as well. Meanwhile, Sodhi shared how every single delivery in T20 cricket is an event and how bowlers don’t have enough scope to make a comeback if they have a poor start. He feels the Indian team can play an extra spinner instead of one of these pacers as well.
Speaking to India News Sports, here’s what the veteran had to say about India’s bowling attack: “You always knew when you took just three fast bowlers that even if one of them is off-colour or has a niggle, there is no option to replace them. Both Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh have been found wanting.”T20 cricket takes a turn on every ball and we have seen that against Pakistan when they got momentum due to Dahani’s six off Arshdeep. So now the only option they have is to play an extra spinner or rely once again on these raw pacers.”
Meanwhile, Saba Karim, a former selector has also questioned the tactic of picking up two extra spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi instead of an extra pacer. The former wicketkeeper also added if the team management were keen to play three pacers, then taking the fourth one as a backup should have been a no-brainer as well.
“When you were clear in your mind that you will play with three seamers in your XI, then why didn’t you take an extra seamer just incase someone gets injured? The selectors have certainly made a mistake. If you want to play just two spinners then what was the need to take two extra options when you could have easily taken an extra pacer instead. Now they don’t have many options left,” Reetinder Sodhi concluded.