Aakash Chopra says “You have to show faith in them” in T20 World Cup 2021. Chopra believes Team India needs to show more faith in Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Also, their bat is at the top of the order in the competition against Afghanistan. Both Sharma and Rahul opened for Team India in their competition against Pakistan. However, the team management chose to bat Ishan Kishan at the top of the order. And then move Sharma down to No. 3 in their last match against New Zealand. Chopra expressed the possible changes in India’s batting department for the Afghanistan clash.
“It is my personal opinion that you had told everyone before the tournament that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are your best openers, please stick with them. You will have a test against spin but that’s alright, they are very big players, you have to show faith in them,” Chopra said.
“Keep Ishan Kishan in the middle order if he is still playing. There is no tension, you can keep two left-handers in the middle order. But don’t change your top three because these battles are won from the front,” Chopra added.
Meanwhile, team India has been put behind the eight-ball. Due to the loss of early wickets in their first two matches. They will hope that their openers provide them a consistent. In case not explosive, start against Afghanistan.
“I will go with Suryakumar Yadav if he is fit because he is a middle-order batsman. If he is not fit, I will go with Ishan of course, selectors have not given you any other choice. But then bat him in the middle order,” Chopra said.
“Lastly, Hardik Pandya has started to bowl a little. He scored 23 runs off 23 balls as well. Once again, there aren’t too many options available. It is not that Venkatesh Iyer is sitting outside and he will come and hit a lot, he is not there in the team,” Chopra also added.