Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener turned commentator has opined that Team India was on the backfoot in yesterday’s encounter against Australia because of the inability of the bowlers to get early wickets. He added that this has been an area of concern for the side for quite a long time.
Aakash Chopra made this observation while reviewing India’s 66-run defeat in the first ODI against Australia at Sydney in a video shared on his YouTube channel.
Aakash Chopra: Indian Bowlers Inability To Take Early Wickets An Area Of Concern
Aakash Chopra started by mentioning that the 156-run partnership for the first wicket between Aaron Finch and David Warner took the match away from India.
“Australia won a critical toss and chose to bat. When Aaron Finch and David Warner stitched together an opening partnership of more than 150 runs, where is the strength left in the opposition.”
The reputed commentator highlighted that the Indian bowlers’ inability to get early breakthroughs has been an area of concern for them since the 2019 World Cup.
“India not getting wickets with the new ball has been a problem for a very long time. India has not been taking wickets with the new ball since the 2019 World Cup. So that has been a problem area and it again came to the fore.”
The 43-year-old observed that four of the top five Aussie batsmen had played significant knocks in the first ODI encounter, with Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch blasting the Indian bowlers much to vice-captain KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli’s disappointment.
“Steve Smith also came and blasted with Aaron Finch hitting a century and David Warner a half-century. Glenn Maxwell came later and hit a lot. When Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch were hitting, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli might be thinking why they didn’t do that for KXIP and RCB respectively.”
Aakash Chopra pointed out that Australia posted a mammoth score for India to chase. He added that Yuzvendra Chahal had an off day, with Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja the only two bowlers to have checked the run-flow a little.
“The 374-score was too big a total, with Chahal almost conceding 90 runs in his 10 overs. There were only two bowlers who were economical – Shami who took wickets as well and Ravindra Jadeja but he did not have a wicket to his name.”
Mohammed Shami took 3 wickets, but Australia scored 374/6 in stipulated 20 overs after opting to bat first with both Steve Smith and Aaron Finch contributing with centuries.
Aakash Chopra Laments Loss Of Early Wickets In India’s Chase
Talking about India’s run-chase, Aakash Chopra observed that the loss of three wickets in the first powerplay after the blazing start provided by Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan set them back.
“India made a good start with Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan. Twenty runs came off the first over and they scored 50 in the first 4 overs. But before the end of the first 10 overs, India had lost three wickets – Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer.”
“All the three were dismissed by short balls, problem area No.1. They were probably a little too aggressive as they had not played ODI cricket for a long time. After that Rahul also got out off a full toss and when you are chasing 375 and are four down for 100 runs, it was not going to happen.”
“Shikhar Dhawan stitched a good partnership with Hardik Pandya but in the end their effort was all in vain. Australia won the match and got 10 points of the Super League in their kitty.”
Shikhar Dhawan gave India a flying start by scoring 74 off 86 balls and built a partnership of 128 runs for the 5th wicket with Hardik Pandya scoring 90. India managed 308/8 and eventually lost by 66 runs.