The ongoing five-match T20I series against England has seen a few Indian players switching their batting positions and former Indian opener, Aakash Chopra seems unhappy with quite a few changes. Chopra had earlier raised objections to the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli coming in to bat at No. 4 instead of his usual No. 3 positions, and now he is unhappy with Shreyas Iyer coming out to bat at No 6 in the fourth T20I on Thursday.
However, Chopra also said that the batsman does not have a choice and will have to play at “whatever position given to him”. During a recent chat with ESPNCricinfo, Aakash Chopra said, “He does not have any other option. As they say, if you are pushed into the water, you don’t have any other option but to swim as the other option is to drown. So he has to bat at whatever position was given to him.”
He further added, “Whether it is ideal, definitely not because in the first match he had scored 67 when India made 124. So the player who made more than half the runs, you didn’t send him up the order but further down. He was batting at No.5 there, now he is batting at No.6. No.6 is not the right spot for him, he has batted well, you need to pat his back but he is not a long-term option at the position you are making him bat.”
With Ishan Kishan playing a fiery knock in the 2nd T20I, he has been slotted at No.3 after Rohit Sharma’s return to the team, and therefore all other players have been fired to bat a lost down as compared to their regular batting positions.
Describing the same, Aakash Chopra said, “Shreyas Iyer is making the best use of the opportunity given to him but it is not the best number for him and it is slightly a problem of their own making because there are so many top-order batsmen that even Kohli is not getting to bat at his preferred batting slot.”
He further explained, “It is probably working here because he batted well and he got more chances as well because you lost a lot of early wickets. But generally, you don’t lose so many wickets early in T20 cricket in which case the No.6 batsman will not be utilized at all because you will push him further down and send Hardik Pandya ahead of him.”