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Aakash Chopra opens up on India’s likely changes for 4th T20I vs Australia
By SMCS - Dec 1, 2023 10:02 am
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Former India player Aakash Chopra sees India making a few changes to their playing XI for the fourth T20I against Australia in Raipur on Friday, December 1. India, who are 2-1 ahead, will hope to seal the five-match T20I series ahead of the final game in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Ishan kishan
Ishan Kishan scored another fiery 50

Previewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “There is scope for changes in the Indian team. A little birdie told me that two or three changes might happen. One is simple – Prasidh Krishna might not play this match, either Mukesh Kumar or Deepak Chahar might play in his place. Mukesh Kumar has come back. He was bowling in the nets. Shreyas Iyer has come back and he will play. I have heard both Ishan Kishan and Tilak Varma might not play. I cannot confirm or verify that, I have heard rumors. If they don’t play, you might see both Jitesh Sharma and Shreyas Iyer playing.”

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Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan scored quick half-centuries in the first two T20Is but was dismissed for a duck in the third game. On the other hand, Tilak Varma was dismissed cheaply in the first T20I but he has remained unbeaten in the last two matches as well. Aakash Chopra also believes Shreyas Iyer’s presence might force them to drop Ishan Kishan.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer

“Shreyas could be batting at No. 3, Suryakumar Yadav at No. 4, then Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma. You might see a change in the batting order like this because you don’t want to keep Ishan at No. 6 and don’t want to play Shreyas below No. 3,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “So there is a possibility that because of one person (Shreyas) coming in, you have to make two changes. You neither want to touch Yashasvi nor do you want to move Ruturaj. So that’s what I am thinking.”