India vs England 2021: Please Play Both Kuldeep Yadav And Yuzvendra Chahal, Says Aakash Chopra Ahead Of The 1st ODI
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India vs England 2021: Please Play Both Kuldeep Yadav And Yuzvendra Chahal, Says Aakash Chopra Ahead Of The 1st ODI

Aakash Chopra, former India cricketer has said that both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should feature in the playing XI ahead of the 1st ODI between India and England on Tuesday 23rd March.

Ahead of the 1st ODI between India and England on Tuesday, cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has reckoned that chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav should get an opportunity to play in the ODI matches at least.

Kuldeep Yadav (Reuters Photo)
Kuldeep Yadav (Reuters Photo)

Aakash Chopra: India Should Play Both Kuldeep Yadav And Yuzvendra Chahal In ODIs

Notably, Kuldeep Yadav has time and again missed out on a berth in playing XI despite traveling with the team consistently. He played one out of the 4 Test matches against England but did not get a place in the squad for the T20I series. The 26-year-old spinner Kuldeep Yadav finally played the 2nd Test against England after the one against Australia in January 2019.

“You can try what you want in fast bowling but in the spin department, you should please play both Kuldeep and Chahal because if you don’t play them here also, then what will Kuldeep do. You don’t play him in the Tests or T20s, if you don’t play him in the ODIs also then what’s the point,” Aakash Chopra said.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Further, the former opener Aakash Chopra opined that Shreyas Iyer will bat at number four for India before asking if both KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant could get a go in Tuesday’s match.

“Shreyas Iyer will be batting at No.4. The big question will be if you can fit both KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant in the team. Do it if possible but if not, don’t really feel bad about it. But for me the one objective is to win the series,” Aakash Chopra added.

KL Rahul is going through a lean patch in T20Is and failed to contribute much on all the four chances he got against England in the preceding T20I series. He registered scores of 1, 0, 0, and 14. Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, has been in sublime form in the recent few months.

Virat Kohli Defended KL Rahul Before 1st ODI

However, Virat Kohli backed and defended KL Rahul during the press conference ahead of the series opener.

“There’s a lot of impatience outside the cricket setup, and everyone has a point of view. Some people form an opinion on what the player is thinking, and that becomes a judgment. When a player is down, some people enjoy having their fun at his expense and further pulling him down. As part of team management, we know how to manage this. Personally, the player suffers from a bit of a difficult phase. It’s not like he forgets how to play. It becomes a question of mental clarity, which takes a bit of a toll.”

Virat Kohli reflects on opener's 'lean patch' after England trounce India in 3rd T20 | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli reflects on opener’s ‘lean patch’ after England trounce India in 3rd T20 | Photo Credit: AP

“All these outside talks are rubbish. From the start of my career till date, all these talks outside have remained rubbish for me. We don’t even let these thoughts enter the team, and even in the future, we will continue to do so. At the same time, we will continue to back our players and try and provide a good mental space for them,” Virat Kohli said on the eve of the ODI series.

England won the toss and opted to bowl first in the 1st ODI. Prasidh Krishna and Krunal Pandya have been handed their ODI caps. KL Rahul will keep wickets for India as there is no Rishabh Pant.

India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna