Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has blasted India for snubbing two high profile bowlers that has left their attack in tatters during their ODI series against Australia.
India head into the third ODI at Manuka Oval down 2-0 with the series already decided and Chapell believes they made a huge error by leaving out veterans Kuldeep Yadav and Ishant Sharma.
Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was not picked for the first two ODI matches, while tall and lanky paceman Ishant Sharma is out of the Test squad altogether.
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Preferred leg-spinner Yuzvendra Singh Chahal has gone for a combined 1-160, while, India’s paceman have lacked penetration and Chappell feels that Sharma’s height would played a major part if he was selected for the Test series.
“I don’t think the batting will be so much of a problem but the bowling is starting to look like it might be a bit thin,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
“I can’t believe they’re going for Chahal ahead of Kuldeep Yadav. The thing that that line-up has missed badly in the last two games is guys to take wickets.
“When you’ve got three guys there who really don’t look like taking a wicket, other than the batsmen committing hari kari, that then makes the job more difficult for [Mohammed] Shami and [Jasprit] Bumrah, who are two wicket-taking bowlers.
Kuldeep Yadav was not picked in the first two ODI games.Source: AFP
“They’ve got to think about their economy rate as well, so instead of thinking about how they can get wickets, they’re thinking a bit about taking wickets and a bit about containing. They just don’t look like getting anyone out, other than the batsmen hitting one straight up in the air.”
Sharma admittedly doesn’t have a great record in Australia taking 31 wickets at 48.54 in his 13 Tests, but his career record of 297 wickets in 97 matches provides a wealth of experience.
In his last series in Australia Sharma improved to take 11 wickets at 23.81 from three matches.
Ishant Sharma has missed the Test squad altogether.Source: News Corp Australia
Bumrah was the linchpin of India’s last tour of Australia two years ago, taking 21 wickets at 17.00 from four matches.
“They’re probably lucky that the first Test is in Adelaide and a day-nighter, because that’s the one that probably could suit their bowling style best of all,” Chappell said.
“But you notice the Australian attack have got more options, because they’re a bit quicker but they’ve also got the height and they can take advantage of the extra bounce in Australia.
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“Whereas Shami and Bumrah are more skidding type bowlers, so they’re really not able to go that other option; where the Australians, if they’re in a bit of trouble, they can bang a few in short and test out the batsmen’s horizontal bat shots.
“Last time, India had Ishant Sharma, he’s a lot taller and could take advantage of the bounce. It’s now looking like he’s going to be a big loss in this series.”