Wed. Nov 29th, 2023

Crew India pacer Mohammed Shami registered career-best ODI figures of 5/51 within the first one-dayer towards Australia in Mohali on Friday, September 22. Nonetheless, former batter Aakash Chopra reckons that the Males in Blue nonetheless received’t play Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah collectively within the 2023 World Cup as a result of their obsession with the No. 8 place.

India most popular Siraj, Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya as their three pace-bowling choices within the Asia Cup, with Shardul Thakur batting at No. 8 in a few of the video games. Shami made a comeback to the taking part in XI for the Mohali ODI as Siraj was rested.

Though Thakur went for 78 runs in his 10 overs, Chopra reckons that the Males in Blue are unlikely to shun the No. 8 experiment for an additional pacer within the World Cup. Talking on his YouTube channel [2:15], he commented:

“Shami grabbed the limelight on a road-like flat pitch. The supply that obtained Steve Smith out was the ball of the match. It was a very good supply. The talk was over what India wanted – runs from the batter at No. 8 or wickets from Shami. However I nonetheless really feel India received’t play Shami, Siraj and Bumrah collectively.
“I really feel they’re nonetheless obsessive about the No. 8 place and that’s why they received’t go in with these three quick bowlers collectively. The third pacer is prone to be Shardul and the third spinner if wanted might be Axar or Ashwin. However nonetheless, Shami was sensational,” he added.

Whereas Shami claimed a memorable five-wicket haul, Ravichandran Ashwin registered figures of 1/47 on his ODI comeback. Ravindra Jadeja and Bumrah additionally chipped in with a wicket every.

“India want to enhance their fielding and catching” – Aakash Chopra

Despite the fact that India eased to victory within the first ODI towards Australia, Chopra opined [10:10] that their poor fielding within the match is a trigger for concern. Shreyas Iyer dropped a sitter early within the match, whereas KL Rahul missed a easy stumping and likewise fumbled a number of balls behind the stumps. Chopra concluded:

“KL Rahul captained nicely. Thakur was costly, nonetheless India had been in a position to limit the opposition. He made the suitable bowling adjustments. Wicket-keeping was 50-50. Shreyas additionally dropped a catch. India want to enhance their fielding and catching. In the event that they don’t do it, they may get came upon someplace.”

India will face Australia within the second ODI on the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Sunday, September 24.

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Edited by Renin Wilben Albert

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