Without Kuldeep, Chahal, India need to show intent to score 220: Aakash Chopra



Former Indian opener and Commentator Aakash Chopra believes this step of excluding Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal from the T20's could be a double-edged sword and one, which could well backfire. He also said that once the Indian team had that depth, they have to be more expressive, much in the same way the England team have approached limited overs cricket.

“The idea is if you have that much depth in batting you bat a certain way. You can’t bat conservatively if you have that kind of depth. That is what England did. They changed the template completely. They focused on batting deep as they wanted to score 400 (in ODIs) and they achieved it many times,” Aakash Chopra told PTI.

“It looks India is wanting to take the same aggressive approach in T20s and there is nothing wrong in that. Now, they need to start showing the intent of scoring 220 consistently. Batting till 8, 9 and 10 is still ambitious (as you don’t need them at all in a 20 over game) but if you are trying to score 220 it is fine,” former opener further added.

Aakash Chopra was quick to add that he sees Chahal making a comeback to the T20 side as he believes the leg spinner is an aggressive option for Virat Kohli.

“Chahal will be back. Rahul Chahar is more a bowler and Washington Sundar’s batting at number 8 may not be needed anyway,” Aakash Chopra added.

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