After India lost by seven wickets to South Africa in the second One-Day International on Friday, Sunil Gavaskar believes it is time for the national team to consider Deepak Chahar in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded 64 and 67 runs in two One-Day Internationals, both of which India lost to the Proteas. South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second One-Day International at Paarl on Friday, clinching the series 2-0, with the last match scheduled for Sunday in Cape Town.
In both ODIs, Team India’s bowling line delivered below-par performances, resulting in crushing defeats for the Men in Blue.
In the first two games of the three-match ODI series, the Indian bowlers were unable to dominate the South African batters, taking only seven wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who made his ODI comeback, let up 64 and 67 runs without taking a wicket in the two matches.
Meanwhile, Deepak Chahar, a member of India’s ODI squad in South Africa, has had a strong run in the limited-over formats in recent years.
Chahar made his One-Day International debut against Afghanistan in 2018 and has taken six wickets in five matches. The 29-year-old also played an unbeaten 69-run innings against Sri Lanka in the second ODI in 2021, which proved to be the match-winning innings.
With India ready to host the ICC World Cup in 2023, Sunil Gavaskar believes it is time to consider Deepak Chahar instead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvneshwar’s slower deliveries and yorkers, according to the former Indian cricketer, are no longer working.
“I think it’s time to look at Deepak Chahar now. He is younger, pretty much the same kind of bowler, and bats handily down the order,” Gavaskar said on Sports Today.
“Bhuvi has been a tremendous servant of Indian cricket but in the last year or so, even in franchise level T20 cricket, he has been expensive. Not so much at the start of the innings but towards the end. He used to bowl those brilliant yorkers and slower deliveries, but those are not working anymore. That can happen, the opposition is studying you all the time and they will know how to be prepared for it. So maybe it is time to look at somebody else,” added the 1983-World Cup winner.
Team India should establish a core team ahead of the 2023 World Cup, according to Gavaskar, and the players should play as many ODIs as possible to prepare appropriately for the big tournament.
“Now the intention should be to look at what is going to be your core team for the 2023 World Cup in India. We have got a good 17-18 months to do that. The core team have got to get the maximum number of ODIs. There are matches coming against West Indies, Sri Lanka and later on against England. That is where you have got to give them the maximum number of matches so they are well prepared for the World Cup,” said Gavaskar