Aakash Chopra names Team India’s Player of the Super 12s
By SMCS - Nov 7, 2022 1:18 pm
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Former India opener turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra gets confused between Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav as India’s best player of the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 as well. Notably, Team India qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament as the Group 2 table toppers.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored another fifty

However, Kohli and Yadav, who smashed 246 and 225 runs respectively, were the top two run-getters in the Super 12 stage of the marquee event across all teams as well. And, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra named a Player of the Super 12s from each of the four semi-finalists as well.

He said: “There is a straight split right down the middle. It can be either Kohli or Surya. Kohli’s knock against Pakistan was exceptional, which is tilting me slightly in his favor, but Surya has also struck three half-centuries and when he plays, he plays differently. Kohli has got a lot of awards, we are giving it to Surya. Pakistan have made a sort of backdoor entry. Shadab Khan – he is my player because he won the South Africa match single-handedly. If they hadn’t won that match, they wouldn’t have reached here. In fact, he picked up two wickets against Bangladesh also.”

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However, Shadab has picked up 10 wickets in Pakistan’s five matches so far. His 52-run knock and two wickets in the all-important game against South Africa was a stunning one.

Sam Curran
Sam Curran

Aakash Chopra explained: “I am going with Glenn Phillips, how well the guy has played. He scored a hundred, only two centuries have been scored to be fair. After that, he played another amazing knock and it seems runs will have to come from Glenn Phillips’ bat if this team has to go further. So he is my man from New Zealand.”

Meanwhile, he has chosen Sam Curran as England’s player of the tournament thus far. Curran’s spell of 5/10 against Afghanistan is the only five-wicket haul of the mega event so far. He has an excellent economy of 6.40 as well.

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“When I look towards England, I am slightly split. I feel Sam Curran. He is doing the right things at the right time. He picked up five wickets against Afghanistan. He has regularly done well in the death overs. In fact in the Sri Lanka match, where Wood picked up three wickets, he had a hand in pulling them back,” Aakash Chopra concluded.