Former Indian selector, Saba Karim wants Team India to stick to their core playing XI against Pakistan as they will take on each other in the Super 4 match on Sunday (September 4). He has added that pace bowlers like Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh should not be judged based on one bad game after their poor bowling performance against Hong Kong as well.
Speaking to India News, Karim said: “Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh should get more to gain experience. You cannot take any of these players out of playing XI based on one bad performance.”
Youngsters Avesh and Arshdeep conceded 53/1 and 44/1, respectively, in their four overs against inexperienced Hong Kong on Wednesday (August 31) as well. However, Karim also pointed out that it is important to play three pacers because a third bowler only bowls one or two overs in the powerplays as well.
He added: “Playing a game against Pakistan is always important [regardless of their form], and you should not make any changes in that game. The problem with playing with three spinners is the need to use one of them in the powerplays for one or two overs. We bowled brilliantly against Pakistan. So, there is no need to make any changes.”
“There should be no questions about Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s place in the T20 World Cup. He has the experience and form. He is bowling beautifully and of course, there will be one or two matches where the seamers will be punished, and it should not break the trust. Often, there is panic which doesn’t make any sense. Only faith can build a team to win us the World Cup. Bhuvneshwar has the ability to make a comeback in the next over if he gets hit, which makes him special,” Saba Karim concluded.