Former India batter Aakash Chopra has stated that England’s explosive batting lineup has not been at its best in the T20 World Cup 2022 thus far. However, England will face Pakistan in the final of the global T20 event in Melbourne on Sunday, November 13. Alex Hales (211) and Buttler (199), who added together an unbroken 170-run opening-wicket partnership against India, are the only English players to have scored more than 60 runs in the tournament.
While previewing the final in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “This team has the batting and the batters have form as well, at least the two openers. What will be the batting order – neither I nor you have any idea. They also probably don’t know it entirely because Dawid Malan’s fitness is fifty-fifty. This is a very long batting lineup. They are bombs but have not exploded properly.”
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Chopra further stated: “Alex Hales is the guy who didn’t have an international cap for the last few years, it seemed his career is over, might not play for England again. Now that he has played, how well he has played. The last two innings were absolutely outstanding. He becomes the aggressor, we didn’t know someone can hit more than Jos Buttler.”
Aakash Chopra also praised the England skipper for playing second fiddle to his opening partner in the games as well. However, he named Ben Stokes as a crucial player as well.
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“Jos Buttler with him – he starts cautiously, he is ready to play second fiddle when the other guy is hitting. But when he starts hitting, he doesn’t stop. It will be a good contest in this game because slogs will not work. Ben Stokes – important player for a big match. You will see an efficient bowling unit. Mark Wood was bowling very well in the nets, so he might play the match today. If he plays, it could be a game-changing moment because he is going to pick up wickets,” Aakash Chopra concluded.