Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra is delighted with the return of opening batter Shikhar Dhawan to India’s ODI squad for the three-match ODI sequence in opposition to South Africa.
On Friday, India’s ODI squad for the three-match ODI sequence in opposition to South Africa was introduced. KL Rahul was named the captain of the 18-member squad.
Rohit Sharma, who was named India’s new white-ball captain, wasn’t included within the ODI sequence as he hasn’t regained full health from the hamstring damage he suffered throughout a coaching session in Mumbai.
Dhawan, who led India in opposition to Sri Lanka of their limited-overs tour final yr in July, was snubbed from India’s T20 World Cup squad.
You will notice Shikhar Dhawan opening alongside KL Rahul: Aakash Chopra
Dhawan isn’t both a part of India’s Check set-up anymore as he hasn’t performed a red-ball recreation since 2018, which suggests the One Day Worldwide format is his solely hope to proceed enjoying within the Indian colors.
In Rohit’s absence, Dhawan may pair with KL Rahul within the opening slot in opposition to the Proteas.
“I used to be repeatedly saying that Shikhar Dhawan must be there. I’m so glad that he’s there. If Rohit Sharma, Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan had been there, then there would certainly have been a battle on who would play the place,” Chopra mentioned on his YouTube channel.
“Now that he’s within the group, for my part, he must be the starter. You will notice Shikhar Dhawan opening alongside Rahul, that’s what I really feel. Kohli performs at three, that is ODI cricket and never Checks, let’s remind ourselves,” he added.
Haven’t any clue whether or not Ruturaj Gaikwad will get an opportunity to play: Aakash Chopra
Maharashtra skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad was additionally named within the 18-member squad after his astounding marketing campaign within the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22.
Ruturaj slammed 4 centuries from 5 innings to build up 603 runs at a staggering common of 150.75. His highest rating of 168 got here in opposition to Chandigarh on the Saurashtra Cricket Affiliation Stadium C in Rajkot.
Chopra mentioned Ruturaj choice was anticipated however the Maharashtra participant won’t get a chance to play as a result of India already has a repair batting order.
“Ruturaj Gaikwad – that’s one other massive story, the kind of performances he has dished out within the IPL after which within the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he’s not taking the title of stopping. He has been completely sensational,” Chopra talked about.
“His title being there’s a thumbs up. It was anticipated that his title will come however whether or not he’ll get an opportunity to play or not, I’ve no clue. It’s barely troublesome, let’s be sincere as a result of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Iyer, SKY, Pant – there isn’t a place for Ishan Kishan as properly. Venkatesh Iyer can also be already there down the order,” he added.
The ODI sequence between South Africa and India will begin on January 19 on the Boland Park in Paarl adopted by the second match on January 21 in the identical venue. The ultimate ODI shall be performed in Cape City on January 23.