Ahead of the first ODI between India and England, skipper Virat Kohli has already revealed who the openers for the series would be. Former India player Aakash Chopra wants Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal to be in the team as well. He went on to say, if Kuldeep doesn’t get a game, what is the point of having him in the squad.
“You can try what you want in fast bowling but in the spin department you should please play both Kuldeep and Chahal because if you don’t play them here also, then what will Kuldeep do. You don’t play him in the Tests or T20s, if you don’t play him in the ODIs also then what’s the point,” said Chopra.
Chopra also questioned the exclusion of Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Axar Patel from the squad.
“The question that comes to my mind is that if Navdeep Saini was in the T20I team, then why not the ODI team. He didn’t play a single match, Deepak Chahar is another name. Axar Patel is in the Test and T20I teams but not in the ODIs, why so?,” asked Aakash Chopra.
He went on to say that Dhawan should open in all the three matches for India. “Shikhar Dhawan should definitely open in all three matches in my opinion because he plays only one format now, so you should give him the chance to open,” said Chopra.