“A theory could be not to play 5 bowlers” -Aakash Chopra on India’s likely XI for the second Test against England.
Aakash Chopra on India’s likely XI for the second Test against England
Aakash Chopra believes India might improve their batting in the second Test against England if they abandon their five-bowler strategy.
India lost by 28 runs in the first Test in Hyderabad. They have been handed more blows as Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul have been ruled out of the second game, which begins in Visakhapatnam on Friday, February 2.
In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Chopra stated that India may include both Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan in their playing XI if they do not play five frontline bowlers.
The former India opener believes that Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Jasprit Bumrah can comprise the hosts’ bowling attack in such a situation.
Chopra noted that such a change would enable India to bat Srikar Bharat at No. 7.
Bharat scored 41 runs while batting at number seven in the first innings of the series opener in Hyderabad.
The wicketkeeper-batsman hit a valiant 28 at No. 8 in the second innings. And shared a 57-run eighth-wicket stand with Ravichandran Ashwin but was unable to lead his team to victory.
“If you try to fit in Washington Sundar, then one of Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz will have to sit out”
According to Aakash Chopra, if India uses Washington Sundar as a fifth bowler. Either Rajat Patidar or Sarfaraz Khan would be dropped from the XI.
Chopra does not want Shubman Gill or Shreyas Iyer to be withdrawn so that Patidar and Sarfaraz may both play. However, he conceded that Gill and Iyer’s immediate Test careers are at stake.
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