Former India player turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra believes that the three-match ODI series against Team India prior to the IPL 2022 auction will give a great opportunity for the West Indies players. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host all the ODIs from February 6 to 11. The IPL 2022 auction will take place on February 12 and 13 as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said: “If you think from West Indies’ viewpoint, you are playing three ODIs a week before the auction. I know a different format but it is a huge opportunity. There is a lot of recency bias.”
Aakash Chopra again shared: “Shai Hope – who doesn’t get IPL contracts, but here if he scores two hundreds in three matches as he did earlier, his name will also come in the headlines. Nicholas Pooran – who last year was very ordinary, if he plays well, his name will also come. He will also play with utmost effort.”
While Shai Hope has never played in the IPL so far, Nicholas Pooran had a poor season in IPL 2021 as he managed only 85 runs in 12 matches for the Punjab Kings at a dismal average of 7.72 as well. Aakash Chopra stated that Romario Shepherd and the spin-bowling trio of Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh and Fabien Allen will do well.
“Romario Shepherd is a player you should pay attention to, he is creating some ripples and waves. Akeal Hosein, if he plays, else Hayden Walsh Jr. and Fabien Allen – they have three spin-bowling options. I expect Kieron Pollard to lead by example and lead from the front. Come and bat slightly up the order. He will have to show slightly inspirational leadership because the T20 World Cup, with the friends and family, is over. Kieron Pollard will have to play that role to take the young generation forward,” Aakash Chopra concluded.