Former Indian cricketer turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra believes Virat Kohli was unnecessarily blamed for Team India’s poor T20 World Cup campaign last year. They couldn’t make it to the knockouts and Kohli had to step down from the white-ball captaincy soon after as well.
While many felt that with Rohit Sharma captaining, Team India would dominate the Asia Cup in the UAE, but they have already been knocked out of the Asia Cup with a Super 4 game still to play. While speaking in a video on his YouTube channel on Thursday, Aakash Chopra shared why captaincy was not the reason behind the debacles.
He said: “When we lost here last year, many said it was because of Virat Kohli and that they should change the captain. Now even Rohit Sharma couldn’t win here. So that shows that the team selection is the problem and not the captain. Last time you suddenly picked players out of the blue and left out Chahal. You opened with Ishan Kishan. And now you continue to do the same. You opened with Ishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Deepak Hooda, and now suddenly you don’t have DK the finisher at No. 7, and have just three (fast) bowling options.”
Although the game against Afghanistan on Thursday was a dead rubber with both teams knocked out, Aakash Chopra feels that the team have a lot of questions to answer and fix their team right ahead of the mega event.
“India might play Deepak Chahar and Axar Patel or Ravi Bishnoi. You need to play wicket-taking bowlers and play DK if you aren’t going to give Hooda any overs. There is a lack of clarity in the planning. We do so many changes looking at the opposition, but Sri Lanka and Pakistan have made just one change each and yet are in the final,” Aakash Chopra concluded.