Southampton: Former Test batsman Aakash Chopra believes that to preserve the beauty of Test cricket, the ICC should also consider the rule that 450 overs should be mandatory in any Test match. Chopra was saying this to compensate for the damage caused to the matches due to being affected by rain.
The cricketer-turned-commentator Chopra is a part of the commentary panel of Star Sports in the final of the World Test Championship being played between India and New Zealand (IND vs NZ) these days. During this, he said this in the expert's show before the match.
In his latest YouTube video, Chopra said that Bhuvneshwar could have played the role of an out-and-out swing bowler like the Kiwi bowlers. While answering a fan's question in his video, he said, “India is definitely missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He has three special aspects as well. Firstly, he does magic with the new ball. Secondly, he bowls the long spells.”
“And the third thing is that he can bat as well. He could have done everything for Team India,” he added.
The 43-year-old cricketer said, “Swinging conditions can only be utilized if the ball leaves your hand accordingly. We saw Colin de Grandhomme getting a lot of swings, then Southee, Jamieson, and Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma is still somewhere close but the other two are far behind. They don't swing the ball, they are seam bowlers."
“Whoever is quicker in the air, he gets slightly lesser swing. A seam bowler is not a swing bowler. To get the swing, you need to tilt the seam slightly and Bhuvneshwar Kumar does that thing very nicely. I would say you could have considered both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar for this tour of England,” he added.
Besides, Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has also suggested, "ICC to look at other sport, such as football or tennis, to find a way to decide the winner. "In football, they have a penalty shootout or they have some other method to decide a winner. In tennis, there are five sets and there is a tie-breaker."