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Aakash Chopra talks about India’s most substantial problem

December 1, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

The renowned commentator, Aakash Chopra, has criticized India’s bowling attack for lacking to pick up early wickets in ODI. The Australian batsman has played reckless cricket in the first two matches. They booked the series victory by scoring 374 and 389 respectively. Aakash Chopra highlighted that if team India does not snap early wickets, it will be a cakewalk for the batsmen in the upcoming series.

It was the fifth consecutive ODI defeat for the men in blue. It was also the third straight loss when the opposition had built a 100-run opening partnership against India. The Indian bowling attack is not able to cause trouble to Aaron Finch and David Warner. The duo-built blocks of 156 and 142 and made it easy for Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell to thrash some quick runs.

Aakash Chopra pointed out that India’s bowling attack lacks the ability to pick early wickets. He also said that from the last tour to date, it had been three sequential ODIs that the opposition has constructed a 100-run opening stand. Therefore, wickets with the new ball are very crucial. If the Indian bowlers are not able to take wickets in the first 20-overs, then whomsoever they bowl won’t make a difference.

The only positive point was Hardik Pandya’s performance with the ball. The all-rounder bowled for the first time got the most crucial wicket of Steve Smith.

The Indian need to take wickets in the First 20-Overs

The former opener agreed that Hardik Pandya did take the wicket of Steve Smith, but it was too late. If the top bowlers are not able to take wickets, then what will the 6th, 7th, or 8th option do. India’s blue-chip bowlers need to do more rather than increasing the burden on the support bowlers. Chopra added that if the bowlers are unable to pick early wickets, it does not matter how many all-rounders the team has.

After losing two consecutive games and the series to Australia, India would look to bounce back in the third. The final One Day International is against Australia on December 2 in Canberra.

Since the series is distinct, there are still ICC World Cup Super League points to play for. The Aussies will be without the services of Warner and Cummins as they are rested for the final ODI. 

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Written By,

Ankit Seth