Srinagar: Former India cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra has claimed that express pacer Umran Malik has fallen behind in the race in the Team India bowling department and may not be part of World Cup squad
India were bowled out for 181 in the second ODI against the West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday. J&K pacer Umran went wicketless and conceded 27 runs in three overs as the hosts chased down the below-par target with six wickets in hand.
Speaking about India’s bowling on his YouTube channel, Chopra expressed hs views about Umran Malik.
“If I talk about the bowling, Umran Malik again bowled only three overs. He was expensive but bowled only three overs and that too in two spells. He bowled only three overs in the first match. So it seems like they have already made up their mind that Umran Malik has fallen slightly behind in that race,” Aakash Chopra said about Umran Malik.
Chopra believes Shardul Thakur has enhanced his chances of making it to India’s squad for the quadrennial event, stating:
“Shardul Thakur is doing himself a huge favor. He picked up three wickets. He dismissed Brandon King in the last match as well. He is doing what he can do. It is most important that you continue doing your job irrespective of what others are doing.”
About the match, Aakash Chopra chose Shai Hope, who was also the official Player of the Match, as the standout performer of the game, saying:
“The Player of the Match in my opinion is Shai Hope. Of course, it was required to stop India to a manageable score earlier. Then there was a 53-run opening partnership (for the West Indies) and then Shardul Thakur picked up three quick wickets.”