Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra wants India to stick with the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 game against Afghanistan.

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma opened the innings for India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 clash against Pakistan. However, in the next game against New Zealand, KL Rahul opened the innings with Ishan Kishan, and Rohit Sharma batted at no.3.

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma [Image-AP]
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said that India needs to show more faith in the Rohit-Rahul opening combo. He stated:

“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.”

Aakash Chopra
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Chopra believes that India shouldn’t make changes in the top order, and Ishan Kishan should bat in the middle order if he plays. He stated:

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.”

If Suryakumar Yadav Is Not Fit, I Will Go With Ishan Kishan – Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan
Aakash Chopra, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan

The cricketer-turned-commentator wants Suryakumar Yadav to play ahead of Ishan Kishan if he is fully fit to compete. Aakash Chopra said:

“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 feels that India doesn’t have any replacement for Hardik Pandya, and they should stick with him. Aakash Chopra said:

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.”

India will lock horns with Mohammad Nabi’s Afghanistan at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday, November 3.

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