Aakash Chopra opines on West Indies’ knockout clash vs Ireland
By SMCS - Oct 21, 2022 3:34 pm
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has said that he has not enjoyed West Indies’ batting in the T20 World Cup 2022 qualifying games so far. West Indies were stunned by Scotland in their first Group B first-round game. They bounced back to beat Zimbabwe in their second game and take on Ireland in a must-win game on Friday, October 21.

Obed McCoy
Obed McCoy bowled a brilliant spell

While previewing the last two Group B games in a video shared on his YouTube, Chopra said: “West Indies have been slightly up and down. They are committing a lot of mistakes although Alzarri Joseph and Holder have performed well with the ball. With the bat, I have not enjoyed watching West Indies, to be very honest.”

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Aakash Chopra is unsure which of the two sides will qualify from Group B for the Super 12 stage. He expressed: “The top team of this pool will come to our group. Who can top the pool? It all depends on who will qualify. Scotland is at the top at this point in time. Only Scotland have a positive run rate. I don’t know who will qualify, I have got no idea, but if rain permits, today’s matches will be very interesting.”

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup 2022

All four sides in Group B have two points each as well. The winners of Friday’s West Indies versus Ireland and Scotland versus Zimbabwe game qualify for the Super 12s as well. Chopra shared that he wanted Sri Lanka and West Indies to join India’s Super 12 group.

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“Ideally, the group should be difficult. I was wanting Sri Lanka and West Indies to come to our pool. The benefit of that is that even if you slip one or two times, you have a chance to come back. If suppose the Pakistan match is washed out and if you lose to South Africa by mistake, and Pakistan defeat South Africa, then that’s it. You might not be able to progress because not only you, the other teams will beat the weaker teams,” Aakash Chopra concluded.