Following Team India’s poor performance with the ball in the first two ODIs against Australia, former cricketer Aakash Chopra has suggested that T Natarajan should play the third ODI on Wednesday (December 2). India have already conceded the three-match series after losing the first two games.
India were thoroughly outplayed in both the games and their bowlers’ performance in both the games was disastrous. In the first ODI, the Men in Blue conceded a mammoth total of 374 runs. In reply, India ended their innings on 308 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs, losing the game by 66 runs. In the do-or-die second game, the bowling performance was even worse as the Virat Kohli-led side conceded 389 before scoring 338 for 9.
India’s frontline bowlers have performed terribly in the first two games with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and all others failing to deliver. And as India look to register a much-needed win, Aakash Chopra has suggested a couple of changes to the playing eleven for the third ODI.
The former cricketer-turned-commentator, while previewing the upcoming game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, said that Team India should play T Natarajan and Kuldeep Yadav in place of Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal in the final ODI.
“In the bowling, you can surely play T Natarajan in place of Navdeep Saini and you can try to play Kuldeep Yadav instead of Chahal. That’s about it,” he said.
Both Saini and Chahal were taken to the cleaners by Australia in the first two games. Chahal had conceded 89 runs while Saini went for 83 in the series-opener. In the second game, Chahal conceded 71 while Saini gave away 70 runs.
He also stated that Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami should continue to play as long as they do not have any fitness issues. India, however, are likely to rest their lead pacers for the inconsequential game as the series has been already decided.
“If Bumrah and Shami are both fit and do not have any niggle, they are absolutely fine to play, please play them and don’t change anything else,” said Aakash Chopra.
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