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How can India respond to Mitchell Starc’s threat? According to Aakash Chopra, “Little acceptance is sometimes crucial.”

How can India respond to Mitchell Starc's threat? According to Aakash Chopra, "Little acceptance is sometimes crucial."

Aakash Chopra, a former cricketer turned commentator, has offered his opinions on how Team India might mitigate Mitchell Starc’s menace in the upcoming match. On Wednesday, March 22, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the Men in Blue will welcome Australia in the third and final ODI game.

Importantly, after a convincing victory thanks to speedster Starc’s commanding five-wicket haul (5/53), the Australians are now tied with the West Indies at 1-1 in the three-match series. The second ODI saw Starc start the total batting collapse that reduced Team India to a pitiful 117.

Aakash Chopra, a former cricketer for India, said the Indian batting unit must “understand” Starc’s fiery form and that the team cannot lose wickets early on against the Australian fast.

“Mitchell Starc is deadly when he is in full flow. Was the Indian team supposed to do? Accepting that the opposition is bowling well and that we shouldn’t lose four wickets for 30 is sometimes vital. You don’t want it to happen frequently, but it might happen once or twice, Aakash said on his YouTube channel.

Things will start to look better if the openers work with that threat: Chopra, Aakash
Aakash also emphasized that the openers had not been defeated by Starc’s deadly inswinging deliveries. He also added that team India might have a greater chance of winning if the openers neutralize the pacer’s menace.

So now it’s your turn, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. The oncoming ball hasn’t really dismissed Shubman at all. He is leaving to make the delivery to the other side. Rohit Sharma has only participated in one game. Aakash continued, “He also went out to the delivery of the departing.
“Incoming deliveries dismissed Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav. They can therefore slightly play with the straight bat. In fact, if the openers are able to get around that threat, things will start to look much better,” he said.

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