With this Indian bowling line-up, hopes of winning the T20 World Cup are less: Aakash Chopra
'Indian bowling is looking very weak, no wicket-taking options are in sight,' said Chopra.
With this Indian bowling line-up, hopes of winning the World Cup become less: Aakash Chopra
Former India opener Aakash Chopra believes that India’s subpar bowling lineup has made them less likely to win the forthcoming T20 World Cup in 2022 which is set to begin next month in Australia. Chopra also criticized Yuzvendra Chahal for moving away from his comfort zone and bowling faster against Australia in the first T20I.
The Indian bowlers had a poor outing against Australia in the first T20I of the ongoing series. While veteran Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded more than 50 runs in his four overs quota, Harshal Patel, who made a comeback into the international setup after recovering from an injury, conceded 49 runs. On the other hand, Chahal, in the 3.2 overs that he bowled, gave away 42 runs.
"We are saying that Harshal will be back, Bumrah will be back and everything will be alright. It does not happen that way. This is the sad reality of life. Bumrah was in the Mumbai Indians team, others did not bowl well and see what happened to MI this year. In one match you can take five to six wickets, in the rest of the days you won't get that many wickets," Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
"According to me, Indian bowling is looking very weak, no wicket-taking options are in sight. Yuzi Chahal continues to bowl faster. He is not bowling slower ones. The same was the case in the Asia Cup. How will you get wickets if you don't bowl slower at all?
India has a weak bowling line-up: Chopra
Additionally, Chopra noted that given the way India is playing compared to the Australian team, who are traveling without a few of their key and top players, they may lose the T20I series against the visitors. With just two games remaining in the series, the Men in Blue need to win them both so as to prevail over Australia.
"The reality is that India has a weak bowling line-up. With this line-up, hopes of winning the World Cup become less. If you can't defend 208, then things are going to be difficult. Remember, this Australian team is without four of its main members."