India vs Australia: In the Asia Cup, the Indian team entered the field with only two key fast bowlers. Siraj was named in the team along with Jasprit Bumrah. Apart from this, Shami has been included in the team only in the absence of Siraj. Similarly, recently former Indian player and commentator Akash Chopra opined that the Indian team will not play all three fast bowlers together in the World Cup.
Akash Chopra said on his YouTube channel, “I think the Indian team is still thinking about which all-rounder can bat at number eight. This madness alone will not field these three fast bowlers together. Third fast bowler Shardul Thakur
The Indian team has been preparing for the World Cup since before the Asia Cup and has always emphasized on batting depth up to number eight. Shardul Thakur or Akshar Patel for Indian team in Asia Cup
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Commentator Akash Chopra praised Shami’s performance against Australia. He said, “Shami bowled well on a pitch that was as flat as the roads and took five wickets. The ball on which Steve Smith was dismissed turned out to be a match-turner, which is a really good thing. The discussion was just who will India play in the team of the three? Why runs from the number eight batsman, wickets from Shami.”
The Indian team is currently finalizing its preparations for the World Cup. It is almost certain that either Akshar or Shardul will be fitted at number eight. However, Akshar Patel is yet to return from the injury sustained in the Asia Cup. On the other hand, the Indian pace trio is in full form. Mohammad Shami has proved himself completely by taking five wickets against Australia in the last match.
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Suryakumar K.L. 80-run partnership with Rahul for the fifth wicket. Rahul remained unbeaten with 58 runs while Surya was dismissed with 50 runs. Australia set a target of 277 runs to win against India which Team India completed with 5 wickets and 8 balls to spare. The 31-year-old Suryakumar Yadav has so far scored 587 runs in 28 ODIs at an average of 25.52 and a strike rate of over 100, including 3 fifties. Earlier, Suryakumar was criticized for his poor performances in the ODI format. However, Surya has raised India’s hopes ahead of the World Cup by scoring a half-century in the first match of the series against Australia.