Former In the Batsman Aakash Chopra is confused between the nomination of one of Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer to bat at number 4 in India’s eleven later this year.
Aakash Chopra pointed out that the rest of the batting positions can probably be predicted, but the number 4 place is still to be won – and Yadav and Iyer are the leading candidates to fill it.
He says it would be too early to make a daring statement about which of the two right-handers will take the lock, for him as well as for the selectors.
‘This is a very difficult question that you would like to choose. “I am not in a position at the moment and I do not even think the selectors are able to take the call,” Aakash Chopra said in his YouTube video.
‘When Rahul and Rohit open and Kohli on no. 3 play, you play Hardik and Rishabh Pant on no. 5 or no. 6 or vice versa, then you have Ravindra Jadeja followed by Washington Sundar. So there’s only one slot left and that’s number 4. So Shreyas or Suryakumar at number 4, that’s a difficult call. ”
So maybe go according to the current form: Aakash Chopra
Suryakumar Yadav, after making a tumultuous start to his T20I career England, will face Sri Lanka next, while Shreyas Iyer is currently recovering from his shoulder injury and will return directly to the second phase of the IPL.
Aakash Chopra reckons that although Iyer has more experience than Yadav, their form before the T20 World Cup will matter the most and it will only determine their place in the eleven. Iyer missed the first half of the IPL but is going to return; it remains to be seen whether he will return the captaincy of Delhi Capitals as Rishabh Pant took it to the top of the table before the tournament was suspended.
‘You will only lean towards Shreyas Iyer because he has the greater experience, he has already done well in the ODI team and is also the captain of his team. If he is doing well in the IPL, you can go with him first. But if Suryakumar Yadav is doing very well in the six matches now and the IPL also complements it, you will have to go with Suryakumar Yadav.
“This is a wonderful dilemma. I can not choose a player at this stage because both are good and have the ability to play better than a ball and have the necessary experience of T20 cricket. So just follow the current form, ‘says the 43-year-old commentator.