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India vs New Zealand 2021: “Message To The Selectors”- Aakash Chopra On Indian Openers Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul

KL Rahul-Rohit Sharma
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Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra said that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opening the batting together in the first T20I against New Zealand is a message to the selectors. India won the first game by five wickets as the openers provided a quick start.

This Indian team selected for the T20I series has several openers. Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer along Rohit and Rahul are the options at the moment. While Venkatesh Iyer played in the first game, Kishan and Ruturaj were made to sit out.

Aakash Chopra pointed out that Team India persisting with Sharma and Rahul as their openers is a message to the selectors in his Youtube video.

“The Indian team was starting a new era and they said that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will remain their two openers, we are not going to change. It’s a message to the selectors as well that we cannot play if you pick 5-7 openers because we want to move forward with these two openers.”

Chopra further added saying that Suryakumar Yadav starred with the bat batting at his usual number three position.

Surya Came & Shone: Aakash Chopra

“Suryakumar Yadav at three. Here also they didn’t play Ishan Kishan at three, they kept the opener in his place. Surya came and shone. He said that you can cover the sun’s light for some time with the clouds but can’t stop forever” said the former Indian batsman.

Aakash Chopra lauded Suryakumar Yadav's belligerent approach

Yadav smashed 62 runs off just 40 deliveries in a knock studded with six fours and three sixes. Highlighting SKY’s innings Aakash Chopra said that he is a risk-taker.

“The best thing I like is that he is a risk-taker. The boundary shots he plays, they are all risky but not taking risks in T20s is the biggest risk. You have to keep investing in him if you have to make a new template for T20s.”

After the first T20I in Jaipur, the next two will be played Ranchi (November 19) and Kolkata (November 21), followed by Tests in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (December 3-7).

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