Aakash Chopra recently released his third book named The Insider © PTI
Aakash Chopra recently released his third book named ‘The Insider’ © PTI

Aakash Chopra, the former India opener and renowned cricket expert feels the growth of T20 cricket is killing the art of spin. There are not too many classical spinners around these days at the domestic circuit, and Chopra thinks T2o cricket is the reason behind this. Talking about the dearth of spinners which the Indian domestic cricket is experiencing of late, he said, “These days spinners are not flighting the ball enough and this tendency has come from T20s. But in days’ cricket, one cannot be a successful spinner without flighting the ball.” Chopra was talking to CricketCountry on the sidelines of the release of his recent book, The Insider. READ: Aakash Chopra: My loyalty is towards fans, not cricket fraternity or media houses

Of late, in Indian domestic cricket, most the of the domestic teams prepare green wickets to get result out of a match. According to experts, the culture of producing quality spinners for the longer format gets hindered by this trend. However, Chopra, who played most of his cricket back in Delhi, where majority of the wickets are seamer friendly, is not ready to buy this argument. “Rank turners don’t produce spinners either. Its about the mentality and in this era of T20s no youngster wants to bowl spin. This is the main problem”, Chopra pointed out. READ: Aakash Chopra: Dropping Rohit Sharma will be travesty of justice

Talking about his writing skills and maintaining balance between a former cricketer and a media person while criticising any cricketer, Chopra said, “Had I not been a cricketer not these many people would have turned up for my event today. At certain points it does get tricky, there are instances when you might be judged as, “do not forget, even you were a cricketer once doing these mistakes”, while I judge the weaknesses of the players. However, all these comments do not stop me. At present, my loyalty is neither towards the cricket fraternity nor the media. All I care about are my fans. I have to be honest to them.” READ: Rahul Dravid says Ajinkya Rahane should bat at No. 5 in Test cricket

The cricketer-turned-author also talked about the batting order of current Indian team. He firmly believes No.5 is the ideal batting position for Ajinkya Rahane in the Indian Test team. Rahul Dravid, who was present at the event, also agreed with him. “He’s good at No. 5, or even 4, because of his ability to play with the tail-enders, the range of shots he possesses, and for the opportunity he would get to face the second new ball too,” Dravid was quoted saying.

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)