Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has applauded Rinku Singh for delivering well in all his assigned roles in the ongoing T20I series between India and Australia as well. However, Rinku scored 46 off 29 as India set a 175-run target for the Aussies in the fourth T20I in Raipur on Friday. The hosts then restricted Aussies to 154-7 to seal the five-match series 3-1 ahead of the final match in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Reflecting on India’s batting, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “This series will be remembered for Rinku. He was given different roles in different positions, and he fulfilled them. He was very good. You can get him to bat anywhere. Here he got to bat in the ninth over. The six he hit with a reverse sweep was an exceptional hit.”
He further added: “He played till the end, got out in the 20th over. I feel he wasn’t out. The umpire shouldn’t have given it. Benefit of doubt goes to the batter, not to the umpire. Jitesh played well. It was an important match for him because he doesn’t get too many opportunities. He played good shots straight down the ground.”
However, Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma added 56 runs for the fifth wicket in just 5.2 overs. While the left-handed Rinku Singh hit four fours and two sixes during his 46-run knock, the wicketkeeper-batter smashed a 19-ball 35 with a four and three maximums as well.
“Yashasvi played very well till the time he was there. But he got out to a short ball. Short ball in white-ball cricket – is that a problem? I am not saying it is, but I have seen him getting out quite a few times,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “Shreyas Iyer didn’t look himself. The ball was not going into his hands in the field, wasn’t able to pick and throw the ball. In batting also, three doubles had come, and then an attempt to play a big shot. From 50 for no loss to 63/3 – wickets fell quickly.”