Aakash Chopra
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Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has raised concerns about India’s death bowling, acknowledging the lack of expert bowlers apart from Jasprit Bumrah. Chopra urged India to work on their death bowling to enhance their chances of success in the T20 World Cup.

The Indian bowlers struggled during the death overs in the recently concluded T20I series against Australia. Notably, Mukesh Kumar and Arshdeep Singh delivered impressive final overs in the first and last T20I. However, they were inconsistent throughout the series.

Too Many Expert Death Bowlers Are Not There – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra emphasized the need for improvement ahead of the T20 World Cup next year. Chopra specifically mentioned India’s problems in the recent five-match series.

“What you are saying is correct because apart from Bumrah, too many expert death bowlers are not there. This could be a problem for you for the T20 World Cup, that who will bowl at the death. There will be day games and reverse swing will be in play. Arshdeep is not doing that well,” Chopra said.

“He bowled a good last over in the last match but he is not bowling as well as he was doing a year ago. Avesh Khan – no, Mukesh Kumar – alright, Shami, Siraj. Death bowling could be a concern. India will have to work on that if they want to win. There is nothing like want, they have to win, but for that, they have to try,” he added.

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The Conditions Will Still Favor South Africa – Aakash Chopra

The former opener predicted that the Proteas could potentially win five out of the eight games across formats, making them slight favorites in the series. Chopra emphasized that the conditions might favor South Africa, given their recent World Cup performance.

“I don’t see a chance of a clean sweep anywhere. We are not playing a very good team in ODIs and they are also not playing a very good team. However, the conditions will still favor them and they have had a decent World Cup,” Chopra further stated.

“I see South Africa as slight favorites in this entire series. I could be completely wrong and I hope I am wrong, but I am seeing a few more matches going in favor of South Africa. It can be 5-3 in favor of South Africa,” he concluded.

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Saikrishna Vaitla is an author at Cricketaddictor has been working since September 2022.