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‘I think Arshdeep Singh is best suited as the third pacer’ – Wasim Jaffer wants India to be aggressive with the new ball

India lost to Sri Lanka by 6 wickets and are out of the Asia Cup 2022.
Wasim Jaffer and Arshdeep Singh
Wasim Jaffer and Arshdeep Singh- Source (Twitter)

In the clash against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2022, Arshdeep Singh did not get things going with the new ball, as he did in the all-important clash against Pakistan. He could not provide the ideal foil to Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the other end. But the left-arm pacer, under pressure, produced a superb last over, tried his level best to defend seven runs and showcased his skills with the ball in the end overs.

Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has opined that India should have a change in tactics with the ball and think more aggressively with the new ball in hand. He suggested that India use Arshdeep as the third pacer and go with more experienced bowlers like Mohammed Shami upfront with the new ball.

“We are not taking wickets with the new ball, and when that happens it becomes easier for the opponents. We talk about an aggressive approach in batting, but at the same time, our bowling also needs to be aggressive. Watching the tournament, I think Arshdeep Singh is best off as our third seamer and Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer,” Jaffer emphasized this in conversation with CricTracker on Bat Bricks7 presents Run ki Runneeti show.

Wasim Jaffer, the former Indian Domestic great, also stressed the selection issue of Rishabh Pant ahead of Dinesh Karthik and stated that it would’ve been better to go with Dinesh Karthik the experienced wicketkeeper-batter, who had earned back an India call-up with runs under his belt. He believes that Karthik and Axar Patel would have provided better balance and added more depth to the men in blue.
“My question is that, if Ravindra Jadeja wasn’t out of the team, would the team still bench DK and play Rishabh Pant? I think we missed a trick by not playing the in-form Dinesh Karthik and going for Pant just for the sake of playing a left-handed batter. I would’ve gone with Axar Patel and Dinesh Karthik on the team,” he added.

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