Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (Image Credits: Twitter)

India began the new year with a win as they beat Sri Lanka by two runs in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, January 3. Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra believes that India’s batters committed a lot of mistakes, especially Sanju Samson.

Batting first, India started aggressively in the first two overs but lost three quick wickets. In-form batsman Suryakumar Yadav scored seven runs off 10 balls before being caught at short fine leg off the bowling of Chamika Karunaratne. Sanju Samson was dismissed after scoring five runs while attempting a slog sweep.

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India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team (Image Credits: PTI)

Our Hearts Were Beating Slightly Fast – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra criticized the Indian batsmen for making too many mistakes with the bat. Chopra said that Sanju Samson played a bad shot when it was not necessary, and Suryakumar Yadav’s dismissal put India in trouble.

“We made a lot of mistakes with the bat. Sanju played a bad shot to get out and I don’t know what Sanju’s fans are thinking because it was a bad shot. The situation did not demand it at that time, there was no need. Dhananjaya de Silva bowled off-spin and the ball went straight up in the air,” Aakash Chopra said.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Shubman Gill got out at the start, fell prey to Maheesh Theekshana. Ishan Kishan hit 16 runs in the first over and started from where he left at Dhaka – double century there and runs here as well. Suryakumar Yadav comes at No. 3, tries to play a scoop shot and gets out. When he got out, our hearts were beating slightly fast, because you never know, it is a chasing ground,” he added.

Axar And Hooda Saved Our Blushes – Aakash Chopra

“When you are 46/3 in 6.5 overs, you can’t reach 200. Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya had a decent partnership. Hardik Pandya was looking like a million dollars, he was batting amazingly well. Then Ishan Kishan gets out, trying to play a big shot off Wanindu Hasaranga’s bowling.”

Axar Patel and Deepak Hooda
Axar Patel and Deepak Hooda (Image Credits: Twitter)

“When Hardik got out, Axar and Hooda were together and I would say they saved our blushes. You need depth in batting for such days only. Deepak Hooda – 41 off 23 balls – very well done, four sixes and a four. Axar Patel – 31 off 20 balls and took your team to 162 overall.”

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