As Team India continue to struggle to pick wickets with the new ball, Sanjay Manjrekar has advice for the management. The former India cricketer feels Deepak Chahar can be a wicket-taker in the powerplays with his ability to swing the ball sharply.
Along with the absence of the sixth bowling option, it 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.
Deepak Chahar can be India’s wicket-taker – Sanjay Manjrekar
Virat Kohli & Co have certainly missed the service of a genuine swing bowler in the powerplays. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar out with injury, the fans have been calling for the inclusion of Deepak Chahar in the playing XI. One of the Twitter users said that same and former Indian batsman-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar agreed with it.
The cricketer-turned-commentator claimed that Deepak Chahar can be a wicket-taker with the new ball. However, Chahar is not in the ODI squad but he is expected to be a part of the playing 11 in the three T20Is.
“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
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