The cricketer-turned-commentator opined that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will be the preferred openers for the team’s upcoming assignments against South Africa, Ireland and England in the shortest format. He pointed out that both Ishan Kishan and Shikhar Dhawan would have to wait for their chances in T20Is.
Aakash Chopra reckons There’s No Place For Ishan Kishan And Shikhar Dhawan In India’s T20I Squad
Ishan Kishan has had a decent season for the bottom-placed Mumbai Indians (MI) so far in this year’s cash-rich league. He has managed 370 runs from 13 games and has a batting average of 30.83. However, he has struggled to perform consistently and has a surprisingly ordinary strike rate of 118.21.
Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand, is currently the sixth-highest run-getter this season. The southpaw has been a top performer with the bat for Punjab Kings (PBKS) and has amassed 421 runs from 13 matches with an impressive average of 38.27.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said: “There’s no place for Ishan Kishan and Shikhar Dhawan in the T20I side. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will open. You have Virat Kohli at No. 3, followed by Suryakumar Yadav at 4. Hardik Pandya has come back and I’d have him in the playing XI and there’s Rishabh Pant too. Rahul Tripathi can be considered for the No.5 spot.”
Aakash Chopra added that selectors can look at someone like Rahul Tripathi in T20Is as he has performed well in IPL 2022. He believes that the talented right-hander could be a great choice in the absence of Suryakumar Yadav, who is injured.
With Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Chahar nursing injuries and not available for selection, the upcoming T20I series against South Africa and Ireland will be important to check the strength of India’s T20I team, keeping in mind the T20 World Cup 2022 scheduled to be held in October in Australia this year.
Aakash Chopra: Rahul Tripathi Can Be Given A Chance In T20I Squad With Suryakumar Yadav Injured, But Shreyas Iyer Will Still Be Preferred Despite An Ordinary IPL 2022 After Outstanding T20I Series Against Sri Lanka
However, he suggested that Rahul Tripathi would not be preferred ahead of Shreyas Iyer in the playing XI. He pointed out that Shreyas Iyer was brilliant in the series against Sri Lanka and the management will continue to back him, especially in T20Is.
Aakash Chopra added: “With Suryakumar Yadav injured, he can definitely find a place in India’s T20 team. He can be in the squad and then you can give him a chance whenever you can. I initially thought that he could be given a chance ahead of Shreyas Iyer. But Iyer played really well against Sri Lanka and I don’t think he’d lose his place after an ordinary IPL season.”
Rahul Tripathi has managed to impress many with his exploits with the bat this year. The 31-year-old has chipped in with several impactful performances for his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). With 393 runs from 13 games, he is currently the leading run-getter for his side this season.
Shreyas Iyer top-scored in the T20I series against Sri Lanka batting at number three. He scored 205 runs with three back-to-back fifties. He scored the runs at a strike rate of 174.36 with a total of 20 fours and seven sixes. He paced his innings beautifully and returned unbeaten in all three matches.
Shreyas Iyer was promoted to the number three spot in the batting order and he grabbed it with both hands. He did not let the team feel the absence of Virat Kohli who was rested for the Sri Lanka T20I series. He managed 401 runs in IPL 2022 playing 14 games averaging 30.85 with 3 fifties.