Ex-Indian Cricketer Raises Questions On Team India’s Top 3 Batting Order In T20Is

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Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra recently demanded some alterations in India’s top three for T20I format which currently consists of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. He considered the age factor of the trifecta to be the major issue. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, India’s openers at the recently concluded T20 World Cup, scored their runs at a strike rate of 106.42 and 120.75, respectively, with both averaging close to 20. However, Virat Kohli finished as the top run-scorer of the tournament. His 296 runs came at a stunning average of 98.66 and an impressive strike rate of 136.40.

Team India’s trio have had topsy-turvy performances

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In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra questioned whether India should persist with the trio as their top three, elaborating:

“Who should be India’s two openers and No. 3 considering the next T20 World Cup is in 2024? So if you think from that angle, should it be Rohit, Rahul and Kohli? All are on the wrong side of thirty.”

It has been noted that Rohit and Kohli are 35 and 34 years old, respectively, while Rahul turned 30 in April this year. Chopra further added that continuing with them will not help the Men in Blue have a youthful side at the next T20 World Cup. He stated:

“It is not that someone is 22 years old and will be 24. If you add two more years, you will find that your camp will become even more aged. It’s not something that you actually like.”

Chopra highlighted that India were way behind the other top teams in terms of their strike rate in the powerplay overs. He observed:

“Everyone had a question that why are you taking tension as the ball was swinging and it was difficult to bat. I mean it was as difficult for everyone else as us. Then why are we at No. 10? The best team is so far ahead of us. We are going at a strike rate of less than 100 and they are going at 130-135.”

The former Indian opener pointed out that seamer-friendly conditions in Australia cannot be given as an excuse. He reasoned:

“Obviously, the conditions were the same for everyone but the response was different. We were playing the first over as a maiden. It was becoming almost a 19-over match and our numbers were extremely ordinary against the top teams.”

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