Former cricketer Aakash Chopra reckons India will face selection conundrum in the upcoming Asia Cup, which gets underway later this month. The first choice cricketers are likely to return to action during the intra-continental tournament, which will serve as a preparation for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia later this year.
The Asia Cup 2022 will be played in the UAE from August 27 to September 11. The Men in Blue have been drawn alongside arch-rivals Pakistan and a qualifier for the group stage of the tournament.
While previewing the tournament in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra highlighted the biggest question before Team India. He stated:
“Who will be the openers, that’s the million-dollar question. KL Rahul will of course become available now. So is KL Rahul going to open or will Suryakumar open or will Ishan Kishan get a chance? Can Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma also open?”
Aakash Chopra feels the squad that will be picked for the Asia Cup is more or less likely to travel to Australia for the T20 World Cup later this year. The cricketer-turned-commentator said:
“You will get the answer to the biggest question in this tournament because all of us believe that the team that will play now will be the one that will be almost ready for the World Cup, subject to fitness. If there is any injury, there could be change, else the 15 who will be selected here are also going to Australia for the World Cup.”
“What will happen to the spinners?” – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra pointed out that Team India is also spoilt for choice in the spin-bowling department. He concluded saying:
“One more question in my mind is – What will happen to the spinners? Yuzi Chahal is the No. 1 spinner and Ravindra Jadeja is the No. 2 spinner. You might need a third spinner in these conditions, so will it be Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, or if there is a dark horse in Washington Sundar?”