New Delhi. Former India selector Saba Karim is not happy with Team India’s decision to replace Ravindra Jadeja in the Asia Cup 2022 squad. Karim said that there are already three spinners in the team. In such a situation, the selectors should not have gone with Axar Patel. The former Indian cricketer says that the team should have gone with an extra fast bowler in the form of Deepak Chahar, as there were only three fast bowlers in the Indian team.
Saba Karim shared her thoughts after the match between India and Pakistan. In this match of Super 4, India had to face defeat by 5 wickets at the hands of Pakistan. Two seam bowlers were played in this match – Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh. Avesh Khan was ill, so he could not play in this match. The team included Deepak Hooda as an all-rounder in the playing XI in place of Jadeja, but he was not bowled a single over.
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Saba Karim told India News, “Chahar would have been an ideal replacement, as he is not only a T20 specialist who can swing the ball from both sides, but also an additional seam option. The selectors made the mistake of not having a reserve seam bowler in the team.
He said, “We saw how the fast bowlers played an important role in the first two matches. The selectors should have picked Deepak Chahar as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja, as he had gone with three fast bowlers in the earlier games. We already have three spinners in the team. This shows that the selectors did not think much while selecting the replacement.
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He said, “Instead of including Axar Patel in the team, they could have replaced Ravindra Jadeja with Deepak Chahar. He is a specialist in the T20 format and a wicket-taker. He swings the ball and is capable of taking quick wickets. Had he been in this game, Pakistan would not have been able to chase the total.
Saba Karim also said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been used as the sixth bowler till Sunday. Suddenly being the fifth bowler put him under a bit of pressure, as this was the first game since his return where he was one of the front-line bowlers.
Tags: Asia cup, Axar Patel, Deepak chahar, Ravindra jadeja, Saba karim
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 06, 2022, 14:23 IST