Aakash Chopra opinioned that batsmen Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson should be persisted in the next few games before considering the option of dropping them. The two batsmen didn’t grab the opportunity of representing India after a long hiatus with both hands.
He made the above observation while analyzing the Indian batting effort in the 1st T20I between India and Australia in a video shared on his YouTube channel.
Aakash Chopra: India Should Have Batted In An Explosive Fashion
He maintained that India did not bat aggressively enough despite having an in-depth batting order with even Washington Sundar batting at 8th position.
“Indian batting has a problem that when you play six batsmen and after that you have Jaddu and Sundar, when you have batting till No.8, then you should bat in an explosive fashion. But they are not able to do that. Our philosophy is stuck somewhere in the middle, neither here nor there.”
Opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed early after scoring 1 off 6 balls. Aakash Chopra said the duo of Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson needs some time to adjust batting slightly lower the order in the Indian team as they play up the order mostly in IPL and they were playing the first match on the Australian tour.
“Shikhar got out at the start. I am not going to say anything to Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey because they were playing their first match. One was played at No.4 and the other at No.5 which is difficult as they play up the order in the IPL. So, it is slightly tough as you get a new role here.”
Aakash Chopra even suggested in form Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja should bat higher with Washington Sundar and bowlers batting next.
“So, that is a problem and I feel as we progress, Indian team should make few changes to their selection. They will have to keep Hardik at No.5 and Jaddu at No.6 and after that have Sundar and four other bowlers so that your batting has depth which will also be useful.”
He said Indian batting wasn’t up to the mark with Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja bailing India out in the final and 3rd ODI and Ravindra Jadeja scoring an unbeaten 44 in the first T20I. Sanju Samson scored 23, and Manish Pandey scored only 2 off 8 balls.
Aakash Chopra: Indian Batting Is Top Heavy, And The Team Are Reliant Too Much On Their Top Order
He said India should persist with middle-order batsmen Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson and shouldn’t make a sudden change in haste while stressing they rely on top order like skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.
“The Indian batting is still very top heavy. They are reliant too much on their top order, Jaddu saved them in this match with Hardik and Jaddu saving them in the last match else the batting is stumbling a little.”
“The Indian team should be patient with Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey and not drop them now after you have played them a match,” Aakash Chopra added.
As concussed Ravindra Jadeja is ruled out from participation in next 2 T20Is and a tour match is scheduled on the same day, India might want to include Shreyas Iyer or a couple of other batsmen besides sticking with a duo of Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson.