IND vs SL: “Must stay with him meaning Ishan Kishan not playing” – Aakash Chopra says team management should not touch KL Rahul


India will take on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Greenfield International Stadium on Sunday 15 January. The hosts have an unassailable 2-0 lead going into the three-game series and hope to win this game and win the series. . Former cricketer Aakash Chopra said India must stay KL Rahul instead of trying to give other players chances.

Wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul played a match-winning knock after the top batting collapse in the second ODI in Kolkata, scoring 64 runs including six boundaries. Rahul formed crucial partnerships with Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel to chase down the mark with four wickets and 40 balls left. The 30-year-old closed out the game by scoring winning runs.

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KL Rahul did a good job – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra praised KL Rahul and said he performed well for India in ODI cricket in the past 12 months. The former Indian opener thinks India should not drop Rahul to give Ishan Kishan a chance. He added that they should not change their batting order as Rohit and Kohli are not part of the T20 lineup.

“KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan are the two wicketkeeper batters. KL Rahul has done well not just now but in the past 12 months in ODI cricket. So why would you want to touch him? I think you should stay with him, which means Ishan Kishan is not playing. said Aakash Chopra.

Akash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image: Twitter)

So neither Rohit nor Kohli play T20s the at least there are places available. If you want to give someone chances, you can give them there instead of here. There is no need or room for any changes in the batter,” he added.

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Washington Sundar may not play this match – Aakash Chopra

The cricketer turned commentator opined Washington Sundar may not get a chance to play in the final ODI as all-rounders like Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel are already in the squad.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar (PC-Getty Images)

“Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel are the all-rounders. Axar will not appear in the following series, he has some family obligations. So I see him playing this game, which means Washington Sundar might not play this game either.”

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