Aakash Chopra opines on India having a stronger lineup vs the Netherlands
By SMCS - Oct 27, 2022 10:30 am
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Ahead of India’s next game against the Netherlands on Thursday, October 27, former India player Aakash Chopra highlighted how there have already been some major upsets in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 so far as well. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he added that India are expected to start as the favourites against the minnows as well.

Indian players practicing in Sydney

He said: “Generally, whenever there’s a match between India and the Netherlands, you’d say that it’s going to be a one-sided contest with India winning it quite easily. But seeing how this T20 World Cup has gone so far, thoda dhak dhak horela hai. I am still very confident, though. On paper, there is a vast difference between the two sides. But cricket is not played on paper”

However, Team India have started their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign on a fantastic note, beating arch-rivals Pakistan by four wickets in a last-ball thriller. They will take on the Netherlands at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, October 27, in their second fixture. Chopra also believes that they don’t have enough depth in their batting unit, which is why they find it difficult to even chase down a target of 120 as well. He also stated that Netherlands’ batting is a big concern, and he suggested that their pace attack could pose a challenge for the Indian batters as well.

Indian players

Chopra said: “There are a lot of problems when it comes to the Netherlands’ batting department. Max O’Dowd likes playing aggressively and his opening partner Vikramjit Singh tries to hit sixes right from the word go. Then there are the likes of Tom Cooper and Colin Ackerman. But they lack depth in their batting. They even tend to struggle while chasing 120.”

“The Netherlands have a good pace attack. Bas de Leede picks two wickets in every match. Interestingly, he usually never completes his full quota of four overs and bowls just three. He has got pace and has the ability to take wickets, especially in death overs. He also bats higher up the order and is a very good player,” Aakash Chopra concluded.