ENG vs IND 2022: Aakash Chopra has said that England’s overly aggressive batting style in limited-overs cricket can sometimes hurt their chances of winning.
In the first ODI, Team India bowled out Jos Butter and his team for only 110 runs in just 25.2 overs. Then, none of their bowlers got a wicket, and the visitors won the game by 10 wickets.
Aakash Chopra talked about the second game in a video on his YouTube channel. In the video, he pointed out the problems with England’s overly aggressive style by saying:
“What is this English team doing? In the last match, it’s fine for wickets to fall one after the other. However, when you see the conditions, it’s important to respect both the conditions and the situation. When you do goondaism, you sometimes take your clothes off.”
Even though the pitch at The Oval wasn’t great for batting, the former Indian batter said that the home team should have at least put up a good score. Chopra observed:
“It wasn’t a 110-run pitch, and it wasn’t a 300-run pitch, but you might have been able to get to 225. Don’t you also have that much in you? The other side of the story is that you might get bowled out for 110 every once in a while if you want to play extensive strokes.”
Aakash Chopra sent Team India a warning message if they want to use the same strategy in white-ball cricket. During the T20I series against England, he said, the Men in Blue lost many wickets early on.
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Aakash Chopra was especially harsh on Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy, and Buttler’s shots. He told:
“Some of the shots, Liam Livingstone played while walking, and Jason Roy played the big shot. You couldn’t change the fact that there were some good balls. I’m saying that there was a fielder in the deep for Buttler, but you still played that shot, the team had already lost six wickets.”
In the end, the famous commentator asked England to slow down a bit during the 50-over part of the game. Aakash Chopra said:
“I don’t think India is having any trouble. England has a lot to think about. They should try to improve as a team. The batting was missing a little bit of sense. I can see where they were coming from, but I think they took their philosophy a bit too seriously.”
Buttler didn’t think the English batters could have done much to stop the Indian seamers from attacking after the first ODI. He said this during the post-game presentation. He did say, though, that they would need a backup plan to deal with similar situations in the future.