Cricket News: Ravindra Jadeja may beat out R Ashwin for a spot in Team India’s starting XI, according to Aakash Chopra. In South Africa, if Virat Kohli’s team can only field one spinner. Ashwin has been in great form when it comes to taking wickets. In the recently finished series against New Zealand, he was named Player of the Series. However, the off-spinner was forced to miss all of England’s Tests. In addition, Jadeja preferred to bat. Chopra was asked about his spinner choice in a video posted to his YouTube channel. If India can only win one game in South Africa, it will be a success.
“It’s a toughy, it’s a very very tough one – who will they want to pick? One spinner – Ashwin should play but Jadeja might end up playing, just because of the balance, not because Jadeja can give you more wickets than Ashwin,” Aakash Chopra said.
Cricket News: Chopra was asked about his spinner choice in a video posted to his YouTube channel. If India can only win one game in South Africa, it will be a success.
“If you are going to go with five batters and Rishabh Pant at six, you will need a batter at No.7. Can Ashwin play at No.7 – he can but is it too high – maybe it is. Can Jaddu play – yes he can. Is it too high for him – maybe not,” Chopra said.
Furthermore, Chopra was asked about his spinner choice in a video posted to his YouTube channel. If India can only win one game in South Africa, it will be a success.
Cricket News: “So here Jadeja’s role becomes bigger. So you will play Jaddu, you will play Shardul and then three fast bowlers, who will be three proper fast bowlers – Siraj, Bumrah, and Shami. Then you have got Shardul at eight and Jadeja at seven,” Chopra added.
Lastly, it will be interesting to observe if Kohli and Rahul Dravid stick to their five-bowler strategy. Also, in South Africa, which is known for being a seafarer’s paradise. If they prefer to play four seamers in their five-pronged attack, Ashwin is likely to be left out. Aakash Chopra supported Ashwin. If only the ball’s potency is taken into account, Jadeja comes out on top.
“If only one spinner plays – Jaddu, as much as I really want Ashwin to play because between him and Jaddu, I feel Ashwin will pick up more wickets – this is no slight on Jadeja’s performance but you feel that in wicket-taking ability Ashwin will bring more to the table. That’s what I feel,” Aakash Chopra said.