Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra is not too concerned after India’s defeat in the first T20I against the West Indies. They suffered a four-run loss in the series opener in Tarouba, Trinidad, on Thursday, August 3. The second game of the five-match series will take place in Providence, Guyana, on Sunday, August 6.
While previewing the second T20I on JioCinema, Chopra said: “Don’t take one defeat too seriously because it is a five-match series. It is the nature of T20I cricket that you will win at times and lose on other occasions. It was a very close game. In my opinion, you don’t need to do anything different. You have to just improve on the one-percenters here or there. A little more responsibility in the batting order and that’s about it. So I am not at all troubled that India lost the first match.”
However, the Indian bowlers restricted the Windies to 149/6 in the series opener but their batters failed to reach the below-par target, scoring only 145/9 in their allotted 20 overs. Aakash Chopra also opined on whether India should change their batting approach.
“Batters’ intent will be totally dependent on the total they would be chasing, if they are chasing, as was the case in the first T20I. If you are chasing only 7.5 runs per over and the opposition team has also not been able to score that many runs easily, it is obvious that there was a little more help for the bowlers from the pitch. If the pitch is absolutely flat in the second game and you bat first or the opposition team has scored 190, you will have to play according to that. So the intent is directly proportional to how the pitch is and the score you are chasing,” Aakash Chopra concluded.