Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has expressed his disappointment on the performance of experienced Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
For the very first time, Pakistan was able to defeat India in the World Cup encounter, the Babar Azam-led side completely outperformed Virat Kohli-led India and won the one-sided match by 10 wickets. Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan (79*) and Babar Azam (68*) chased down the target of 152 comfortably, and Indian bowlers looked clueless.
Discussing India’s bowling performance, Aakash Chopra said that he felt that instead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, his shadow has come to bowl. However, Chopra was also disappointed with Mohammed Shami.
He asserted: “Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled but he didn’t look the best bowler we have seen. It seemed that his shadow had come, he is not the same bowler now. Mohammed Shami bowled the second over, he also didn’t look that penetrative.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator stated that he was hoping that Jasprit Bumrah would open the attack for India, but it didn’t happen.
“I was hoping that Bumrah will bowl the first over. You might have also thought the same that he should come at the start and hit the pads, bowl the bouncer. Neither did anyone bowl a bouncer nor did Bumrah come to bowl the first over,” he added.
Chopra highlighted that Jasprit Bumrah didn’t attack the Pakistan openers with the short-pitched deliveries. Also, he said mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy looked pale.
“Bumrah bowled one over, that has two yorkers and two slower balls. Varun Chakravarthy was playing for the first time and taking early steps in the World Cup or international cricket, he also looked a little pale,” Aakash Chopra asserted.
Babar Azam Is A Class Player, But Mohammad Rizwan Has A Huge Role In Making Him That – Aakash Chopra
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra was highly impressed by the batting performance of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. Also, he opined that opener Mohammad Rizwan has played a big role in Babar Azam becoming a “class player”. Chopra stated:
“I would say to leave our paleness aside and praise Rizwan and Babar. No pair had stitched together a 152-run partnership against India. This team created a new history. Babar Azam is a class player but Mohammad Rizwan has a huge role in making him that.”