Aakash Chopra, a former cricketer, determined that India’s weak bowling lineup lowers their odds of winning the upcoming T20 World Cup.
India has struggled to hold onto scores, losing critical games against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2022, and it cost them against Australia in the first T20I. India lost to Australia by 4 wickets on Tuesday in Mohali despite registering an intimidating 208/6 on the scoreboard.
In less than a month, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is expected to get underway. But first, Team India’s bowling is having trouble, especially in the final few overs. In Jasprit Bumrah’s absence, the Indian bowlers have struggled to contain the opposition batsmen, which has harmed India three times this month as the squad completes its preparations for the major tournament in Australia.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the most seasoned pacer, was destroyed for runs in the 19th overs he bowled against Pakistan on September 4, Sri Lanka on September 6, and Australia on September 20 in the first T20I, and it is something that is worrying right now. Not only Bhuvneshwar, but even the team’s top spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, who earned the purple cap in the IPL earlier this year, has generally appeared useless.
Hopes of winning the World Cup are a bit less: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra, a former Indian opening batsman, believes that the team’s subpar performance with the ball will hamper India’s chances of winning the 2018 T20 World Cup.
After India lost the first T20I against Australia, Aakash Chopra criticized Bhuvneshwar and Chahal’s recent performances and how inept they appeared despite their considerable experience.
“Yuzi Chahal continues to bowl faster. How will you get wickets if you don’t bowl slower at all? The reality is that India has a weak bowling line-up and the hopes of winning the World Cup are a bit less. You need to win the remaining games or else you will lose the series against a side that is without its four main players,” Aakash Chopra said.
India scored 208 runs in the first T20I match against Australia, but they were unable to protect it as the defending T20 World Cup champions completed the task in 19.2 overs with the loss of six wickets. The top two wicket-takers for India in the game’s shortest format, Bhuvneshwar, and Chahal, both allowed more than 12 runs per over.