Former cricketer Aakash Chopra feels that the trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, and Ravichandran Ashwin aren’t wicket-taking bowlers in the shortest format of the game.
Chopra believes that their returns with the ball tend to be average or below par. As a result, it will be hard to decide who is the suitable spin bowling option aside from Yuzvendra Chahal in the team.
“Axar Patel – he has played 13 matches if we see from the last World Cup. He has picked up 12 wickets in these matches at an economy of around 8, strike rate is not bad. But the IPL numbers were pedestrian – six wickets in 13 matches, an average of 53, and an economy of 7.5.”
“Once again – Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin – it doesn’t seem all three of these bowlers will give you one to one-and-a-half wickets in every match. That will not happen, they might give you one wicket in two matches, or two in three, something like that,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
Aakash Chopra doubtful about Washington Sunday, Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy made headlines in the IPL 2021 edition and was rushed into the T20 squad for the World Cup last year in the UAE. Since that tournament, he has gone out of favor and is nowhere close to making it back.
On similar lines, Washington Sundar’s injury-riddled season has put him far down the pecking order. Although he is part of the squad that will tour Zimbabwe, his fitness will be a concern.
“There are two other names – Chakravarthy and Washington Sundar. Sundar has gotten injured again, we don’t even know if he will be able to go to Zimbabwe also or not. We don’t know when he will play.”
“Chakravarthy has disappeared totally. He has not played even one international match since the World Cup. IPL numbers also – he picked up six wickets in 11 matches, once again hasn’t really set the world on fire,” he said.