In the match against Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to former cricketer Aakash Chopra, Team India should start right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami rather than seasoned spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and not worry about their lack of batting depth because they have adequate batting firepower.
With Ashwin starting in place of Shami, India defeated Australia to start their campaign in Chennai. However, the Arun Jaitley Stadium’s pitch might not favor spin bowling as much for India’s forthcoming game against Afghanistan, which is why Chopra advised Shami’s return to the starting XI.
Shami has a stellar record against Afghanistan, including a spectacular hat-trick he scored during their World Cup matchup in 2019. Between 2014 and 2019, Shami played two games against Afghanistan, taking 6 wickets at an average of 15.
“Mohammed Shami ought to start in place of Ravichandran Ashwin, in my opinion. But for that, India should let go of its infatuation with the No. 8 batsman because as a result, if the team needs a third pacer, Shardul Thakur is their choice, and if they need a third spinner, Ashwin.
On the Jio Cinema show “Aakashvani,” Chopra stated, “I think you should go with three fast bowlers versus Afghanistan, where Shami is the third pacer, and go with two more proper spinners.
Anjum Chopra, a former captain of the India women’s team, offered her opinion on Team India’s strategy against Afghanistan, stating that Rohit Sharma’s squad should choose to bat first in order to make the most of our batting lineup.
India can certainly hit the 400+ mark today. They should bat first if they win the toss in order to utilize our hitting lineup to its fullest. Instead of worrying about the weather, they should concentrate on getting runs on board. It is crucial for us to score as well after runs were scored by Sri Lanka, South Africa, and England, she remarked.