Former India opener turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra is slightly confused between Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav as India’s best player of the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 as well. However, India qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament as the Group 2 table toppers.
However, Kohli and Yadav, who smashed 246 and 225 runs respectively, were the top two run-getters in the Super 12 stage of the tournament across all teams as well. Meanwhile, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra named a Player of the Super 12s from each of the four semi-finalists.
“There is a straight split right down the middle. It can be either Kohli or Surya. Kohli’s knock against Pakistan was exceptional, which is tilting me slightly in his favor, but Surya has also struck three half-centuries and when he plays, he plays differently. Kohli has got a lot of awards, we are giving it to Surya,” he said.
“Pakistan have made a sort of backdoor entry. Shadab Khan – he is my player because he won the South Africa match single-handedly. If they hadn’t won that match, they wouldn’t have reached here. In fact, he picked up two wickets against Bangladesh also,” Aakash Chopra claimed.
Shadab Khan has claimed 10 wickets in Pakistan’s five matches thus far. His 52-run knock and two wickets in the all-important game against South Africa was a match-defining effort.
Aakash Chopra names England and New Zealand’s star player in Super 12
Aakash Chopra also named Glenn Phillips as New Zealand’s star player in the Super 12 for his exploits with the bat. He explained:
“I am going with Glenn Phillips, how well the guy has played. He scored a hundred, only two centuries have been scored to be fair. After that, he played another amazing knock and it seems runs will have to come from Glenn Phillips’ bat if this team has to go further. So he is my man from New Zealand.”
The veteran has chosen Sam Curran as England’s player of the tournament thus far. Curran’s spell of 5/10 against Afghanistan is the only five-wicket haul of the mega event thus far. He has an excellent economy of 6.40 as well.
“When I look towards England, I am slightly split. I feel Sam Curran. He is doing the right things at the right time. He picked up five wickets against Afghanistan. He has regularly done well in the death overs. In fact in the Sri Lanka match, where Wood picked up three wickets, he had a hand in pulling them back,” Aakash Chopra concluded.