Aakash Chopra, a former cricketer has shared his insights on how Team India can tackle the challenge posed by Mitchell Starc in the upcoming match against Australia. The third and final ODI between the two sides is scheduled to be held at Chennai on Wednesday, March 22. The series is currently tied at 1-1, with the Australians clinching a comprehensive victory in the second match courtesy of Starc’s five-wicket haul (5/53), which caused a batting collapse for the Indian side, who managed only 117 runs. Chopra suggested that the Indian batting line-up must acknowledge Starc’s form and avoid losing early wickets.
“When Mitchell Starc is in full swing, he is lethal. What should the Indian team do? A little acceptance is sometimes important that the opposite guy is bowling well and that we should not lose four wickets for 30. It can happen once or twice, but you don’t want it to happen repeatedly,” Aakash told on his YouTube channel.
“play with straight bat ” advices Aakash chopra
Furthermore, Aakash highlighted that the openers have not succumbed to Starc’s lethal inswinging deliveries. In addition to this, he stated that if the openers counter this threat by the pacer, team India could be better placed in the contest.
“So over to you, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Shubman has actually not been dismissed by the incoming ball at all. He is getting out to the away-going delivery. Rohit Sharma has played only one match. He also got out to the away-going delivery,” added Aakash.
“Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav – they were dismissed by incoming deliveries. So they can play with the straight bat slightly. In fact, if the openers negotiate that threat, things will start looking a lot better,” he concluded.