Aakash Chopra believes that India’s batters’ inability to capitalize on their opportunities is their major worry going into the second T20I match against Sri Lanka on January 5 in Pune.
In the first Twenty20 International between the two teams on Tuesday, January 3, in Mumbai, none of the top five Indian hitters went beyond the 40-run threshold. The Men in Blue were in trouble at 94/5 after 14.1 overs when an unbroken 68-run stand between Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel lifted them to a respectable total.
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Aakash Chopra explained why India’s lower-order batters are getting to bat frequently in a video posted to his YouTube page.
“My worries are straightforward: based on the Indian team’s T20I batting over the past eight months, the hitter who is batting at No. 8 or No. 9 deserves to go first. It occurred at the World Cup, here, and previously during the Asia Cup. Everyone gets a chance to bat, and we are not getting 200 runs.”
India got off to a fast start against Sri Lanka in the opening T20I thanks to Ishan Kishan. However, a string of wickets later put Hardik Pandya and company in trouble before they mounted a comeback to produce a respectable total.
“You need to take on a bit more responsibility”: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra continued by saying that India’s batsmen could study players like Jos Buttler and Alex Hales to learn how to produce strong innings despite aggressive batting.
“You need to take on a bit more responsibility, as Alex Hales and Jos Buttler demonstrated against India. It goes without saying that you don’t want to play selfishly or slow down, but if you’ve gotten off to a good start and have reached 30 to 40, then make it count,” Aakash Chopra said.
Sanju Samson won’t be available for India’s final two T20Is vs Sri Lanka. It will be intriguing to see if they choose to bat either Rahul Tripathi or Shubman Gill in the middle order.