Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said where did Rohit Sharma miss a trick in the first T20I against New Zealand. And, he believes it was that he didn’t give the bowling to Venkatesh Iyer.
However, Venkatesh Iyer has made his debut for Team India in Jaipur, which gave the side a sixth bowling option. But Sharma used only the five specialist bowlers. While reviewing India’s bowling performance in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra opened up on this matter.
He elaborated: “The Indian team said they need a fast-bowling all-rounder, so they played Venkatesh Iyer at six. But they didn’t get him to bowl. I will say it’s a rare error on Rohit Sharma’s part, generally his captaincy is perfect, but it just left me a little befuddled. They could have got him to bowl, when you had won the toss and got to bowl first and the opposing team was struggling, especially in the first half. You could have got him to bowl one or two overs because Deepak Chahar and Siraj were not having a good day.”
Meanwhile, Venkatesh Iyer could have been bowled in the middle overs. However, with the pitch helping the spinners, Rohit Sharma went with Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel in that phase. And, Aakash Chopra applauded the experienced duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashwin for doing well in the match.
He stated: “Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets Daryl Mitchell out on the latter’s first delivery, Bhuvneshwar Kumar of old. It felt good seeing Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowl both with the new and the old ball. He took two wickets in all and was very economical. Ashwin and Bhuvi – the two experienced players, gave just 47 runs in four overs and took four wickets.”
“Siraj and Deepak Chahar were very expensive. This will be in your mind because there will not be too many chances, Avesh and Harshal are sitting outside. Deepak Chahar will have to start picking wickets because he was in the reserves in the World Cup as well and did not play. The pressure will always be on him,” Aakash Chopra concluded.
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