Team India had a mixed run against the Aussies in the limited-overs starting the tour on a poor note but came back stronger to win the T20Is. With the England series lined up next, Aakash Chopra believes youngsters like Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan could get a nod ahead as cricket returns to India for the first time since coronavirus pandemic broke out.
Sanju Samson earned a call-up into the Indian T20I team and also made it to the ODI squad as the reserve wicket-keeper batsman to KL Rahul. The Kerala-born cricketer, however, failed to convert his starts into big knocks in all three T20Is, leaving fans and the team management frustrated.
Suryakumar, Ishan should get a chance – Aakash Chopra
In the light of this, Aakash Chopra backed Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan to make it to the squad against England while answering a fan’s question on YouTube. The cricketer-turned commentator also cited that Manish Pandey’s place is also not sealed after putting runs under his belt.
“Let’s be honest, they are not that far. Because Samson got a chance, but he could not make use of that. Shreyas Iyer is also going 50-50, his Australian tour has not been that great, in fact, I will call it a slightly disappointing tour. So if we see from that point of view and Manish Pandey’s place is also not fully cemented,” Aakash Chopra said.
Meanwhile, there was a nationwide debate after Suryakumar Yadav was left out of the Australia squad following his stellar show in the IPL. After the results India endured Down Under in the limited-overs series, Aakash Chopra feels some changes are likely to be made in the team which could benefit the likes of Surya and Ishan.
“So both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are knocking the doors, and considering the number of our players that are getting injured, I feel they might even get to play against England. I don’t think both of them are too far, but if they have another good IPL, which they had in IPL 2020, and if even the 2021 edition goes good, then you will definitely see them play international cricket,” Chopra further said.