Former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra hopes that Madhya Pradesh all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer bowls in the second T20I against New Zealand. Venkatesh made his debut in the first T20 International against New Zealand and made four runs off two balls in a tempting situation.
The 26-year-old player did not bowl a single over as Rohit Sharma used only five main bowlers in the first innings, giving each player four overs to bowl.
Venkatesh Iyer should be made to bowl: Aakash Chopra
Chopra believes that Venkatesh Iyer should bowl to prove his credentials as an all-rounder.
“The one change I want is that Venkatesh Iyer should be made to bowl. It is necessary to get him to bowl because we are not trying. We are searching for an alternative for Hardik Pandya, a pace-bowling all-rounder,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“An all-rounder can only be made when he does the all-round job, when he bats and does some bowling with that. The number at which we are making him bat, the batting will not come at all; nine out of ten times he will not get to play more than 10 balls if he bats at six. So get him to bowl – two, three and if possible even four,” he added.
Rohit Sharma made an error of not bowling Venkatesh Iyer: Aakash Chopra
Chopra had also criticised Indian skipper Rohit Sharma for not giving an over to Venkatesh Iyer in the first match.
“The Indian team said they need a fast-bowling all-rounder, so they played Venkatesh Iyer at six. But they didn’t get him to bowl. I will say it’s a rare error on Rohit Sharma’s part. Generally, his captaincy is perfect, but it just left me a little befuddled,” Chopra said.
“They could have got him to bowl, when you had won the toss and got to bowl first, and the opposing team was struggling, especially in the first half. You could have got him to bowl one or two overs because Deepak Chahar and Siraj were not having a good day,” he added.
India will play the second T20I against New Zealand on Friday at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.