Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has revealed India’s winning habit, even in the absence of veterans like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli at times, as one of their strengths before the 2022 Asia Cup. The T20 tournament will be played in the UAE from August 27 to September 11. They will face Pakistan in their tournament opener on Sunday, August 28 as well. He also added that Chopra claimed that India carrying winning momentum into the Asia Cup will be one of their strengths as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, he said: “Winning habit. Both winning and losing are habits. India have won 22 out of their last 29 matches, and four of the last five. We are even winning when Virat and Rohit are not there. We are learning to win from difficult situations, which I think is a very important thing.”
“We are a batting powerhouse. It has reached the stage where we have to choose between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. We are not even talking about Deepak Hooda. The truth is that if we put the three of them in the international market, every team will say that they want to play them,” he continued.
However, Aakash Chopra also added that the Indian team can only field one among Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Deepak Hooda in their playing XI as well.
“They are not getting a place in India’s XI. It is becoming difficult to decide who will play and who will sit out. Only out of the three might be able to play. So Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, then either Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik, then Ravindra Jadeja – this is a serious batting powerhouse. Batting is the biggest strength of this Indian team. We will have to win matches based on our batting strength. It is said that batting wins you matches, and bowling wins you tournaments, but here you might have to reverse it. Batting will have to win you a lot of games, maybe including the finals,” Aakash Chopra concluded.