One of the major issues that the Indian ODI team is currently facing- apart from the absence of a sixth bowling action- is the inability of their fast bowlers in Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to provide breakthroughs in the first 10 overs.
India has only claimed 5 wickets in the powerplay in the last 14 games, none of which have come in the last four matches that the Men in Blue have lost.
India is certainly missing the service of a genuine swing bowler in the powerplay and with Bhuvneshwar Kumar not available, fans on social media have been calling for the inclusion of the likes of Deepak Chahar to the ODI set-up.
One of the Twitter users said that same and former Indian batsman-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar agreed with it, claiming that Deepak Chahar can be a wicket-taker with the new ball. Chahar, of-course, is not in the ODI squad but he is expected to be a part of the playing 11 in the three T20Is that will follow the ODI rubber.
”Sixth consecutive defeat for India in international matches. India lacked a genuine swing bowler today. I think Deepak Chahar would have been an ideal choice on this wicket. Selectors need to bring him in ODIs as well. @sanjaymanjrekar @bhogleharsha #AUSvIND,” a twitter user said.
”Agree 100 percent. Deepak Chahar to compliment Bumrah and Shami. Like Bhuvi used to. Can be wicket-taker with the new ball,’ Sanjay Manjrekar said while replying to a tweet.
Agree 100%. Deepak chahar to compliment Bumrah and Shami. Like Bhuvi used to. Can be wicket taker with the new ball. https://t.co/6OUCYBluLq
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 28, 2020
Manjrekar also went on top advocate for KL Rahul to continue batting at the No.5 spot with Mayank Agarwal serving as an opening partner to Shikhar Dhawan.
“See, the thing is that India has a lot of depth when it comes to white-ball cricket. Rohit is almost irreplaceable but India has options. Let’s not forget, in his last four innings, Rahul scored more than 80 runs in three innings while batting in the middle order (number five) in India’s last ODI series in New Zealand. The credit needs to go to Rahul that he first got a hundred as an opener and then he registered scores of more than 80 while batting at number five,” Sanjay Manjrekar told ANI.