Aakash Chopra says “You are looking for wickets” on R Ashwin in T20 World Cup 2021. Chopra believes R Ashwin cannot play. Ahead of Varun Chakravarthy in the T20 World Cup 2021 encounter. Against Pakistan as Team India needs to go for a wicket-taking option. Ashwin is among the four spinners in Team India’s 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup. He put himself in the mix for a spot in the starting lineup. Against Pakistan with an excellent performance against Australia in the second warm-up encounter. Also, Chopra was asked if he sees R Ashwin playing. Ahead of Varun Chakravarthy considering his great performance against the Aussies.
“Ashwin has done well but IPL was a huge sample size and there was nothing there, there were no wickets. Honestly speaking, you are looking for wickets. It is not how economical you can be,” Chopra said.
“We need wickets if you bowl in the middle overs so that you put a halt on the match there itself because if there is a set batsman and even if you have kept them under control, 70 runs can be scored off the last five overs,” Chopra added.
Lastly, R Ashwin has conceded an average of just 7.41 runs. It is per over in IPL 2021, was not at his potent best. Ashwin bowled a more restrictive line and picked up just seven wickets in 13 encounters. And then Chopra featured that the plethora of right-handers in Pakistan’s batting lineup. Also, it goes against R Ashwin’s inclusion.
“You definitely want to go with an experienced player in a big encounter because he will absorb the pressure but the opposing team plays spin very well. They will play off-spin well for sure. All balls will be coming in, there is only Fakhar Zaman against whom you can take the ball away, and that too if Ashwin bowls off-spin,” Chopra said.