IND vs BAN: “We Pick A Guy For One Series, Drop Him For The Next, And The Selections Did Not Make A Lot Of Sense” – Aakash Chopra

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India beat Bangladesh by 227 runs in the third and final ODI of the three-match series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Saturday, December 10. Former India opener Akash Chopra has raised questions on the selection committee for selecting players like Rahul Tripathi and then dropping them without giving them ample opportunities.

Rahul Tripathi and Rajat Patidar were not given a chance to play, despite the fact that India had already lost the series after the first two games. Tripathi was benched for 11 consecutive games and could not make his debut for India despite scoring more than 500 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022. He was picked in the squad for India against Ireland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the recently concluded Bangladesh series.

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Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)

It Is Slightly Beyond My Understanding – Aakash Chopra

In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Chopra stated that Rahul Tripathi was not given a chance, despite being selected for the Indian team. The former Indian opener criticized the Indian team management for their frequent chopping and changing of players.

“Actually it’s not limited to him only. We are regularly doing this, we pick a guy for one series and drop him for the next. That is why probably the end came for the selection committee because the selections did not make a lot of sense.”

Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Deepak Hooda is not there in this team. When South Africa came the last time, Deepak Hooda was playing. Now Deepak Hooda is not there, Sanju Samson is not there and suddenly you see Rahul Tripathi and Rajat Patidar. When the next series happens, both of them will not be there. So it is slightly beyond my understanding.”

Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson were both included in India’s ODI team for the series against New Zealand. However, they were omitted for the three ODIs against the Bangla Tigers, despite the fact that both squads were selected at the same time.

Selections Are Seen To Be Slightly Thoughtless – Aakash Chopra

The renowned commentator Chopra questioned the purpose of Tripathi’s inclusion in the team, stating that after the series, he would not be picked again for the next series.

“Ultimately your selections are seen to be slightly thoughtless and you are not able to totally back them, because you are not able to do that. What is the point of selecting Rahul Tripathi? Firstly you will not select him again after this series, you will make him sit out, just like you have done to Shubman Gill currently.”

“You will send Rahul Tripathi and Rajat Patidar out in the next. They will say why you selected them in the team if you didn’t want to play them, and why have you dropped them without playing. I am with you but not a very judicious selection.”

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