Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra reckoned that India struggled in the first two games of the T20 World cup 2021 as they have picked most of the top-order batters from their franchise. As a result, India couldn’t get past the line in the first two games against Pakistan and New Zealand in the T20 World cup 2021, and their main issue was the batting.
They could manage just 151 and 110 in their first two games. However, once the openers started to get going, it was a completely different game. India posted 210 against Afghanistan in their previous game after the openers started to fire, and the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli weren’t needed at all. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant played the finishing role and got India to a big score.
“Let’s Start Picking Players Who Bat There For Their Franchise” – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra opined that it is very important that India needs to start picking players based on their role in IPL for their franchises. He noted India has picked players on their current form and not their batting position, which does look like one of the reasons for India’s downfall in the T20 World cup 2021.
“If you are talking about T20 cricket, let’s start picking players who bat there for their franchise. That is the most important bit. As of now, we are picking the players who are scoring the highest number of runs. But most of them are top-order batters. Nobody bats in the middle-order for their franchise,” Aakash Chopra told on his Youtube Channel.
Aakash Chopra Suggests To Select Middle Order Players From Franchises
Aakash Chopra wanted the selectors to note players who have done well at No.4, No.5, and No.6 for their IPL franchises, and they should be played in the middle order for India. Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav have been playing in the top order for their franchises in IPL.
“If you play in the top three for your franchise, you should not be played at No. 5 or No. 6 for India. And if there is no place in the top-order, then such batters must be kept out of the playing XI.
“Select those players who bat at No. 4, No. 5 or No. 6 for their franchise consistently, and score runs at that position. If we start picking top-order batters again for the middle-order, we will face the same issues all over again,” he added.
India still has a slight chance of qualifying for the T20 World cup 2021 semi-finals if New Zealand loses to either Afghanistan or Namibia.