India will take on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Greenfield International Stadium on Sunday, January 15. The hosts have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and will be hoping to win this match and sweep the series. Former cricketer Aakash Chopra said that India should stick with KL Rahul rather than try to give opportunities to other players.
Wicketkeeper batter KL Rahul played a match-winning knock following the collapse of the top-order batters in the second ODI in Kolkata, scoring 64 runs, including six boundaries. Rahul put up crucial partnerships with Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel to chase down the target with four wickets and 40 balls to spare. The 30-year-old finished the match by scoring winning runs.
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KL Rahul Has Done Well – Aakash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra praised KL Rahul and said he performed well for India in the past 12 months in ODI cricket. The former Indian opener feels that India shouldn’t drop Rahul to give a chance to Ishan Kishan. He added that they should not change their batting order as Rohit and Kohli aren’t part of the T20 setup.
“KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan are the two wicketkeeper-batters. KL Rahul has done well, not only now, but in the last 12 months in ODI cricket. So why would you want to touch him? I feel you should stick with him, which means Ishan Kishan does not play,” Aakash Chopra said.
“Neither Rohit nor Kohli are playing T20s, so the places are opening up in any case. If you want to give chances to someone, you can give them there instead of here. There is neither any need nor any scope for changes in the batting,” he added.
Washington Sundar Might Not Play This Match – Aakash Chopra
The cricketer-turned-commentator opined that Washington Sundar may not get a chance to play in the final ODI as all-rounders like Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel are already in the squad.
“Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel are the all-rounders. Axar is not playing in the next series, he has got some family commitments. So I see him playing this game, which means Washington Sundar might not play this match as well.”