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Last Update on: July 24th, 2023 at 12:35 pm

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra lauded fast bowler Mukesh Kumar’s bowling performance in the ongoing second Test against the West Indies. Aakash Chopra believes that Mukesh Kumar has moved ahead of Jaydev Unadkat in the pecking order of Indian seamers.

Mukesh Kumar impressed with his bowling in his international debut match at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The right-arm pacer picked up two wickets for 48 runs in 18 overs. India bowled out the opposition team for just 255 runs in their first innings on Day 4.

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Mukesh Kumar Bowled A Very Good Ball – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that Jaydev Unadkat bowled with the first new ball, but the skipper gave the second new ball to Mukesh Kumar.

“We need to talk about Mukesh Kumar. He was playing just his first match and in that, Jaydev Unadkat was given the new ball along with Mohammed Siraj. When the second new ball came, the captain gave him (Mukesh) the ball,” Chopra said.

“He bowled a very good ball. If he had been slightly luckier, he would have picked up more wickets with the second new ball. When the second innings came, he was given the new ball. It wasn’t given to Jaydev. It means he went slightly ahead in the pecking order in just one Test match,” he added.

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Ishan Kishan Did A Good Job – Aakash Chopra

The cricketer-turned-commentator said that openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma provided a flying start and added that Ishan Kishan continued the momentum with his explosive batting.

“They came all guns blazing. The intent was seen. India batted in an extremely interesting fashion. Rohit Sharma scored runs once again, he was hitting fours and sixes. Yashasvi Jaiswal did get out and then came Ishan Kishan, the debutant in this series,” he further stated.

“He was sent at No. 4 and he scored a half-century. He did the job that was expected from him, that Rishabh Pant is not there, so Ishan Kishan will do that job in his absence. So he did a good job,” he concluded.

The Indian openers added a 98-run partnership in just 11.5 overs for the first wicket. Ishan Kishan, who was promoted up in the batting order, scored an unbeaten 52 runs off 34 balls. The visitors declared their second innings at a total of 181-2 in 24 overs.

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