Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan, Image Credits: Twitter

The cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has backed the young wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan to be part of India’s playing XI in the second ODI of the three-match series against Litton Das-led Bangladesh, which is set to be played at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday, December 7.

India had 6 proper bowling options in the playing XI in the first ODI. Mohammed Siraj and debutant Kuldeep Sen were two frontline pacers while Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar were four all-rounders.

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Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

Speaking on his official YouTube channel on Tuesday, December 6, Aakash Chopra opined that too many bowling options can prove to be counterproductive at times. He elaborated:

“If you have too many bowlers, at times it proves counterproductive. If you have so many arrows in your quiver, you don’t know which one to use and when. Washington Sundar – five overs, 17 runs, and two wickets, but only five overs.

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“I believe if there is more help from the pitch for the bowlers, which is there in Bangladesh – there is plenty in it for the bowlers, it seemed Shardul Thakur was swinging the ball even in the 45th over and the bounce was up, and down, the ball turns for the spinners and doesn’t come onto the bat, scoring is not that easy – so when that is the case, do not pack your team with bowlers.”

You will not need a sixth bowler, add another batter – Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Aakash Chopra further said that Axar Patel, if fit, should replace Shahbaz Ahmed in the playing XI and India should field five bowlers. He said:

“Pack your team with batters. Five bowlers are enough here in my opinion. You will not need a sixth bowler, add another batter. I will not say that you need to read the batters’ form in one match but if Shahbaz goes out and Axar Patel comes in, you should play with five proper bowlers.”

The 45-year-old added that Kishan could come in as a proper wicket-keeper in the playing XI and he can also be used as a floater. He said:

“Ishan Kishan could be your guy. KL Rahul also dropped a catch, Ishan Kishan could be your proper keeper. You can use him as a floater. You can send Ishan as soon as Shikhar Dhawan gets out so that you will be able to neutralize Shakib Al Hasan’s threat slightly.”

Ishan Kishan
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