The sports expert spoke at length about how important role clarity is for players in the T20Is. Each player has a different role to play depending on the situation in the match – be it with the bat or the ball.
Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Akash Chopra said the following about the frequent changes in India at the top of the rankings in the T20Is, especially this year:
“There’s a debate about whether Virat and Rohit should open. We were like, ‘Wow, that’s going to be fun.’ But is that really fun, or are we just adding to the confusion? Defining a role in the T20Is is almost as important as test cricket. You need To specialist opening players, specialist finalists, and someone who can operate in the middle ranking.”
Chopra also gave an example of how just one bad match in the last T20 World Cup prompted India to change the opening formula, resulting in Rohit hitting No. 3. He added:
“Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were your first goals in the T20 World Cup last year. Rohit and Rahul were consistent and also did well in the warm-up matches. But they both failed in the first match against Pakistan and then India wanted to win a left-to-right combination. So they They pushed Rohit to No. 3 which is something I honestly didn’t think would happen.”
He would be very disappointed if India lost faith in Ishan Kishan: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra feels that of all the opening partners Men in Blue has tried besides Rohit, Ishan Kishan has been the most consistent. In the 13 T20Is he’s played this year, southpaw scored 419 hits with an impressive strike rate of 132.17, with an average of 32.23.
Despite performing well against South Africa, Kishan played only one T20I match against England and was replaced by Rishabh Pant at the top in the last two matches of the series. Even in the first T20I against the West Indies, visitors preferred Suryakumar Yadav over the youngster.
In this regard, Akash Chopra said:
“Ishan Kishan is the opening player to have played the most games this year with 13 to his name. With a hit average of 132 and an average of 32, he was good. India had a chance to play him recently, but they didn’t. R. So are we losing faith in him? ?If that happens, I’ll be disappointed. It’s very difficult to stay consistent in this shape, so you need to back him up to play freely. The leader in the third opener should be a spot. But is he? I don’t know.”
With T20 World knocking on the door, India needs to make sure they play a consistent opening set for as many games as possible to prevent any mistakes at the top of the standings.