Aakash Chopra Rues Inability Of Bowlers To Pick Wickets With New Ball
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Aakash Chopra Rues Inability Of Bowlers To Pick Wickets With New Ball

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Facebook)

Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener turned commentator has opined that the inability of bowlers to pick wickets, in the beginning, is a bigger concern for the Indian team than the lack of quality all-rounders in the lineup.

India’s tour of Australia didn’t start well as they lost both of two ODIs on the trot in Sydney. The 51-run defeat on Sunday after 66 run loss in first ODI handed an unassailable 2-0 lead to the Aussies, besides exposing the loopholes of an Indian bowling attack that has been failing continuously on the foreign soil.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Credits – Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: India Unable To Pick Wickets With New Ball

It was the third consecutive ODI where the opposition posted a 100-run opening stand against the Indian bowling attack. India lost the last successive 5 ODI matches against New Zealand and Australia.

“If we look at the Indian bowling, it’s clear that we are unable to pick wickets with the new ball. How much time has gone? In the last three consecutive ODI matches, India has conceded a 100-run partnership at the top between the two openers,” Chopra said in his latest YouTube video.

India vs New Zealand.
India vs New Zealand. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“If you don’t take wickets with the new ball, a wicket does not fall in the first 20-odd overs, then whomever you bowl doesn’t make a difference,” he added.

India lost the ODI series 3-0 against New Zealand and now lost 2nd successive ODI series with defeat against Australia. They will look to bounce back and play for pride in the remaining ODI and hope fortune changes in T20I. India had won the 5 matches T20I series 5-0 in New Zealand in January-February, 2020.

Aakash Chopra: Hardik Pandya Bowled, But It Was Too Late Since Top Bowlers Failed To Take Wickets

Aakash Chopra also spoke about Hardik Pandya, who bowled after more than a year’s gap since 2019, bowling in the second ODI and even dismissing centurion Steve Smith. However, he reckoned that if India’s strike bowlers aren’t among regular wickets, an additional 6th bowler is not going to help the team’s cause.

“Although we saw Hardik Pandya bowling but it was too late. He took a wicket as well, he dismissed Steve Smith. But if your top bowlers don’t take wickets, what will the 6th, 7th or 8th option do,” said Chopra.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“So, this is a problem which is getting magnified by the lack of an all-rounder but first of all, how many of them do we have? And even if they available, where will you play them? If you don’t take wickets at the top, it is not going to help in the middle, doesn’t matter how many all-rounders you play,” he added.

After losing two games and the series to Australia, India would look to bounce back in the third and the final ODI against Australia on December 2 in Canberra.

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