Former Indian opening batsman Aakash Chopra reckons two uncapped players getting chances for the home T20I series against England. India and England will lock horns in the five-match T20I series in February as part of the preparation plans for the T20 World Cup next year. Aakash Chopra opines that Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan could get opportunities in the rubber to establish themselves.
India might have won the T20I series in Australia; however, there were a couple of players, whose spots came under scrutiny. Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer, who batted in the middle-order, could not capitalise on their opportunities, enduring lean runs with the bat and blowing hot and cold. While the men in blue have a strong collection of top-order batsmen, they need to find competent middle-order batsmen and avoid putting undue pressure on their finishers.
Aakash Chopra pointed out that both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are knocking the doors and given the number of players facing injuries, it could hand the pair the opportunities. The 43-year old claimed that both Yadav and Kishan are not far from being rewarded for their excellent IPL 2020 and yet another terrific season could make them unstoppable.
“So both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are knocking the doors and considering the number of our players that are getting injured, I feel they might even get to play against England. I don’t think both of them are too far but if they have another good IPL, which they had in IPL 2020 and if even the 2021 edition goes good, then you will definitely see them play international cricket,” Aakash Chopra said in a video shared on his Facebook page.
Aakash Chopra not satisfied with the displays of Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson:
The former Indian cricketer further said that Sanju Samson, failing to use that and Shreyas Iyer did not meet the expectations either. Hence, Aakash labelled it as a disappointing tour for him. He added that right-handed batsman Manish Pandey’s place is not fixed either.
“Let’s be honest, they are not that far. Because Samson got a chance but he could not make use of that. Shreyas Iyer is also going 50-50, his Australian tour has not been that great, in fact I will call it a slightly disappointing tour. So if we see from that point of view and Manish Pandey’s place is also not fully cemented,” he added.