Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar believes Team India will turn towards the experience and reliability of Ravichandran Ashwin in their virtual knockout clash against New Zealand in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
Bangar feels that Varun Chakravarthy hasn’t been effective in Dubai during the IPL 2021 season and flourished on the slow surfaces in Sharjah. Therefore, a change must be in order considering the significance of the match.
“For a game of this significance, you would definitely want somebody with temperament and experience. So, in my opinion, Ravichandran Ashwin may get the nod in place of Varun Chakravarthy,” Bangar said.
“Varun’s international experience is a little less than Ravichandran Ashwin” – Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar also pointed out that introducing someone at a stage as big as the T20 World Cup isn’t an ideal option. Chakravarthy was taken apart by Pakistan openers, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, in India’s first game of the tournament. Thus he believes Ravichandran Ashwin might get the nod.
“Varun’s recent performances in the UAE – he was very effective at Sharjah but not in Dubai, where this game will be played. Taking into account the importance of the game, the number of matches played by Varun is a little less, and his international experience is a little less,” Bangar added.
This will be Team India’s second match of the tournament and one that perhaps will have the biggest say in their tournament run. A loss against the Black Caps will almost certainly mean curtains to India’s World Cup campaign. Ravichandran Ashwin can be a trump card for India.
Kane Williamson and co. also have a few troubles to deal with, as their batting lacked the firepower in the death overs against Pakistan. As per the team news, Martin Guptill has been cleared to take the field while Adam Milne has also been okayed as the replacement for Lockie Ferguson.