Aakash Chopra surprised over Washington Sundar not getting to bowl more overs

Aakash Chopra

Yesterday, India got a shocker of a defeat in the first ODI against Bangladesh at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

India posted a very low score of 187 for the hosts to chase but the bowlers came back strongly for India in the second innings.

Mohammad Siraj and Washington Sundar turned out to be very economical bowlers and took 3 wickets apiece.

At one stage, India were cruising comfortably as they had reduced Bangladesh to 136/9 but a solid 10th-wicket partnership between Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman changed the game.

Eventually, the hosts won the game by one wicket and have now taken a 1-0 lead in the series.

Cricketer-turned-commentator, Aakash Chopra has also analyzed the game on his YouTube channel.

He feels that Washington Sundar should have been given more overs when he was bowling so well.

Says Chopra,

Washington Sundar, that’s a big question. He conceded just 17 runs, and picked up 2 wickets and I’m asking this question why didn’t he bowl all his overs? He could have bowled atleast 7-8 overs because he got rid of a right-hander as well. He could have bowled a few overs when the 51-run stand between Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur was building up. Just dangle the carrot and see what happens.

He has also said that the Indian bowlers utilized the conditions well but failed to deliver the crucial knockout punch at the right moment.

The bowler was having a great day, but he didn’t get to bowl his full quota of overs. When you have 6 bowlers, you don’t know how to use them. Siraj was brilliant. He bowled really well, 3 wickets for 32 runs. There was the sideway movement. The seamers bowled well but they lacked the knockout punch towards the end.

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