Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has opined that India should bring in another spinner into the team and leave out one frontline seamer with Hardik Pandya as the third seamer. India hasn’t been at their best so far in the first two games of the T20 World Cup 2021 and is on the verge of getting knocked out of a semi-final position.
They had taken a blow from Pakistan in their first game, and New Zealand managed to make merry of the doubtful Indian side in the second game. It seems like Virat Kohli had no answers in the post-match conference, and all they can do from here on is to win the remaining three games and hope that New Zealand loses one more game.
I Would Look At Someone Like R Ashwin – Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar opined that taking 3 spinners into the lineup won’t affect much as Hardik can be the 3rd seamer even if one of the frontline seamers is dropped. He added that Ashwin or Rahul Chahar could get a look in based on how the pitch is likely to behave.
“Also, there is no harm in thinking of going with 3 spinners also. And maybe not have somebody like Sharul Thakur or Mohammed Shami. Go in with 2 seamers and 3 spinners because if Hardik can come in and 2 overs of medium pace, you will still have 3 medium pacers in the team,”
“So it might be easy for them to pick someone like a Varun Chakravarthy. So definitely, I would look at someone like R Ashwin. If at all, they are looking for someone who will slow the pace down, they can look at Rahul Chahar,” Sunil Gavaskar told India today.
Sunil Gavaskar Terms Afghanistan As ‘Banana Peel Opponent’
Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that Afghanistan cannot be taken for granted, and they can be very aggressive as well. He added that Indian batters could be exposed to the mystery spin of Afghanistan and felt that they could impose a big threat.
“They are exceptionally dangerous. They are a team that is unafraid to play their shots. They have got mystery spinners. And Indian batsmen in recent times have shown a certain vulnerability when it comes to playing spin, especially back of the hand deliveries. I think they are a banana peel opponent and India should be wary of playing against them,” he added.
India and Afghanistan will take on each other today evening at the Sheik Zayed Stadium.