Former India batsman, Aakash Chopra applauded Dunith Wellalage after his five-wicket haul in the fourth Super Fours match of Asia Cup 2023 against India on Tuesday (September 12th) and said that the 20-year-old spinner alone taking the entire Indian team on a cycle.
While speaking on his official YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra praised the 20-year-old Sri Lanka spinner Dunith Wellalage and said that he did an amazing job.
Chopra also criticized Shubman Gill for not being able to play against left-arm spinners and pointed out how he is uncomfortable in front of Akeal Hosein, and Gudakesh Motie as well.
The 45-year-old also added how Dunith Wellalage dismissed Virat Kohli in the first inning of the match and added that the former India skipper is also not good when he is facing a left-arm spinner. Aakash Chopra said that earlier Kohli was dismissed by left-arm spinners like Mitchell Santner, Taijul Islam, and Ajaz Patel.
“Wellalage did an amazing job. Who bowls spin like that? It felt like Wellalage alone was taking the entire Indian team on a cycle. He first dismissed Shubman Gill. Shubman Gill against left-arm spin is another story, whether it is Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie or Wellalage. When the ball comes in with the hand and turns after pitching, it causes him (Gill) difficulties, and here he got bowled. It was a good ball, no doubt, but he got out. He was not the only one to get out. After that, Virat Kohli, a centurion from the last match, tried to play the ball on the leg-side and he was caught at short midwicket. Even Virat Kohli’s numbers against left-arm spin are not very good, whether it is Mitchell Santner, Wellalage, Taijul Islam or Ajaz Patel, everyone has troubled him,” Aakash Chopra said.
There was a question about whether the ball kept low or he didn’t go forward: Aakash Chopra on Rohit Sharma’s dismissal by Dunith Wellalage
The 45-year-old questioned Rohit Sharma’s dismissal by Dunith Wellalage in the first inning and said that there is a question about whether the ball was kept low or the Indian skipper did not go forward.
“Then Rohit Sharma, who had scored a fifty and was batting very well, but that ball kept a little low. There was a question about whether the ball was kept low or he didn’t go forward because he was playing while standing in his position. I felt his selection of the ball’s length was not that bad but the ball went and hit his stumps. Then KL Rahul, who was actually batting well, was out caught and bowled, and then Hardik also got out,” he added.
India will lock horns against Bangladesh in the sixth Super Fours match of the Asia Cup 2023 on Friday (September 15th) at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
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