India has just one T20I match before heading to Australia for the T20 World Cup. There are still concerns about India’s death bowling, with the bowlers conceding too many runs in the last few overs. Former India opener Akash Chopra questioned India’s decision to field first after winning the toss, despite being weak in defending scores.
India were knocked out of the Asia Cup after failing to defend decent totals against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 4 stage. Despite scoring 200-plus runs while batting first, India lost the match against Australia in the first T20I in Mohali.
Aakash Chopra said that India should prepare for the possibility of having to bat first multiple times in the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Defending Target Is A Major Issue For India – Aakash Chopra
“Defending is a major issue for India. They failed to defend against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup and the 1st T20I against Australia. After that, they have won tosses and chased totals.
“But if they keep fielding first, they might suffer when the toss doesn’t go their way. If Team India’s entire World Cup campaign is centered on winning the toss, that’s a big worry,” he said on his Youtube channel.
In the first match against Pakistan in the 2021 T20 World Cup, India lost the toss and lost the match to Pakistan by 10 wickets. The Men in Blue lost by 8 wickets against New Zealand after losing the toss. These two defeats paved the way for India to exit the tournament. Despite winning the rest of the matches, they could not reach the semi-finals.
“Even during the previous World Cup, India lost the toss against Pakistan and New Zealand. That was game, set and match. They were out of the tournament.
“There was dew in the UAE, but there won’t be dew in Australia. And there was no dew in the Asia Cup as well. When will India prepare for Bumrah’s possible absence and losing the toss? That is the big question,” he said.
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