Ashwin and Axar are defensive options: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra and Ravichandran Ashwin in one frame
Ashwin and Axar are defensive options: Aakash Chopra

Former opener Aakash Chopra said on his Youtube channel that Chahal is the only legit wicket-taker in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 squad.

He added “You have picked three spinners – an offspinner, a legspinner and a left-arm spinner. So you have picked different-different options but Yuzi Chahal is the only legit wicket-taking option in T20 cricket,”

“The others are defensive options – make no mistake, that is the truth. You can see the numbers for the last 12 months, IPL included for both of them – Axar and Ravichandran Ashwin,” 

In addition, Chopra stated that both Ravi Bishnoi and Kuldeep Yadav are attacking bowlers, hinting that the Indian selectors may have chosen one of them for the T20 World Cup team.

Ravi Bishnoi was a tempting option available to you. You are not thinking about Kuldeep, which is slightly disappointing, but he could also have been a wicket-taking option. But you didn’t think about either of them. It will be very interesting whether you will be able to play two out of the three spinners in the XI. Will you be able to play either Axar or Ravi (Ashwin) along with Yuzi Chahal – that’s going to be a big one,” he added.

Here is India’s T20 World Cup squad:

Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, and Arshdeep Singh.

StandbyPlayers: Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, and Deepak Chahar

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