"Prepare A Pitch That Yields Results" - Aakash Chopra Warns India Against Preparing Rank-Turners
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Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has given his suggestions on India’s T20I squad that was announced for the five-match series against West Indies. The squad was announced on July 5 and had some interesting inclusions and omissions.

The omission of Rinku Singh became a hot topic of discussion after the squad was announced. The Ajit Agarkar-led selection committee named the likes of Tilak Varma and Yashasvi Jaiswal for the five-match series. Names like Rahul Tripathi and Ruturaj Gaikwad were ignored from the squad while Sanju Samson made a comeback to the T20I squad.

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The Indian bowling was the main focal point with Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar, and Avesh Khan forming the four-man pace attack. Barring Arshdeep Singh the inclusion of the rest of the three is questionable given that they have not played too much cricket in the past.

Aakash Chopra in his recent Youtube video spoke about the overall team selection and particularly more on the seam attack that was named. He said that Arshdeep Singh was an expected selection but gave his doubts about the other bowlers in the squad. Chopra’s overall observation of the seam bowling attack was that it was a weak group of bowlers.

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Fast Bowling Unit Is Weak: Aakahs Chopra

“The fast-bowling unit is looking light. Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan and Mukesh Kumar – these are India’s fast bowlers. If we go one by one, Arshdeep Singh shouldn’t be a point of discussion, he has been absolutely outstanding, he is gold dust.”

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On Arshdeep, Chopra said that the youngster had a tough IPL 2023 but was not used effectively by the Punjab Kings.

“However, the Punjab Kings halved his stature. They didn’t get him to bowl where he should have bowled. I feel they marginalized him slightly. An outstanding player who had more ability to do well but you didn’t let him realize his potential because you took away the new ball from him” Chopra said on Arshdeep.

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Umran Malik Is An Interesting Selection: Aakash Chopra

On Umran Malik, he said that he was an interesting selection blaming his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad for not using him properly as well in the tournament.

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“Umran Malik – another very interesting choice because you can say it was the same story with him. A little worse that Hyderabad didn’t use him at all and when they did, they didn’t use him properly. He was extremely expensive when they played him in the end. But Umran Malik in the middle overs is not a bad option” said Chopra.

Chopra feels that Avesh Khan’s career is on the decline and Mukesh Kumar would be a better Test bowler than in the white-ball format.

India’s T20I Squad For West Indies Series

Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Surya Kumar Yadav (VC), Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya (C), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.

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