India for the fifth consecutive time in ODIs, including the first ODI and ongoing Sydney match, has gone wicketless in powerplays. To overcome the lapse, Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has recommended to include Deepak Chahar in the playing XI. He believes that the 28-year-old can very well compliment Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami with a new ball.
On Friday in the first ODI, the Indian bowlers were clueless against the strong Australia batting line up. The premier bowler Bumrah had the off day while Shami picked wickets, but it was too late to make any amends. Hardik Pandya is playing as a pure batsman as he still not fully recovered from his back injury. Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini were proving expensive, but the dearth of the sixth bowling option means they have to bowl all the five overs.
Deepak Chahar can be a wicket-taker with the new ball: Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar reckons the admission of Deepak Chahar is likely to solve the issue in the bowling.
“Agree 100 percent. Deepak Chahar to compliment Bumrah and Shami. Like Bhuvi used to. Can be wicket-taker with the new ball,’ Sanjay Manjrekar said while replying to a tweet.
Agree 100%. Deepak chahar to compliment Bumrah and Shami. Like Bhuvi used to. Can be wicket taker with the new ball. https://t.co/6OUCYBluLq
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 28, 2020
In the first ODI on Friday, India got the first wicket after David Warner and Aaron Finch had already built 156 runs partnership. They gave a solid start, and Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell carried on further to take Australia’s total to 374 runs.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing second ODI in Sydney, the story remained the same. India was unable to break Warner and Finch’s partnership in the first 10 overs. Finally, they got a breakthrough in 23rd over after the Australian captain gave an easy catch to Virat Kohli off Mohammed Shami’s ball.
The selectors have indeed made a mistake with not picking a good all-rounder option.