Former Indian player Aakash Chopra feels that Indian spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav won’t benefit the team in the long run when it comes to the day-long format.
The new spin pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ashwin didn’t find enough success in the middle overs against South Africa in the ODI series, unlike the previous ones. Both bowlers combinedly picked three wickets between them in the series.
Our spin bowling has not been great: Aakash Chopra
Chopra feels that this current spin pair won’t be much effective for the Indian team in the middle overs. Chopra also thinks Kuldeep, who played his last ODI match against Sri Lanka in July 2021, should be considered instead of Ashwin.
“Our spin bowling has not been great. Ashwin was there with Yuzi Chahal and you took just three wickets in three matches. Jayant Yadav was played, he was slightly unfortunate. But Jayant Yadav is not your long-term ODI prospect any which way. So Ashwin is not there, Jayant is not there,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“When you went last time, you bowled with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and you kept them on a tight leash. The opposing team kept a stranglehold on you, they take three wickets in one match and we took three wickets in the entire series. If we are not doing that penetrative bowling with spin, it means you need to make a change,” he explained.
India definitely missed Ravindra Jadeja: Aakash Chopra
Chopra said India missed the services of Ravindra Jadeja, who missed the South Africa tour as he wasn’t available for selection because of his injury.
“India definitely missed Jadeja but start thinking about Kuldeep or play two leg-spinners. Do anything but you need to get spinners who can pick wickets in the middle overs.
“Containment will not work, 55 runs in 10 overs is just not good enough. Honestly, you can get hit for 70 in 10 overs but three wickets should be there,” he concluded.
India had a disappointing tour to South Africa, firstly, they lost the Test series 1-2 followed by a 0-3 whitewash in the ODI series at the hands of the Proteas.