Former India cricketer turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra doesn’t see either Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav playing in India’s playing XI for the second ODI against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday, January 12. However, Shubman Gill was chosen ahead of Kishan as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner in the first ODI. Moreover, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul were picked ahead of Suryakumar for the middle-order positions as well. In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said:

“Is there any scope for a change in the Indian team? The question is no longer there. There was a question about whether Ishan Kishan can be played or if there can be a place for Suryakumar Yadav. Now, both cannot get a place, it’s very clear. Shubman Gill scored runs in the first match. Unfortunate – he should have actually scored a century and might do it in this match. Rohit Sharma is in good form and in any case he is the captain, Virat Kohli will come to bat at No. 3, Shreyas Iyer at No. 4, KL Rahul at No. 5 and after that Hardik Pandya, who is the vice-captain.”

“I don’t think there is a scope for any change in batting” – Aakash Chopra

"I don't think there is a scope for any change in batting" - Aakash Chopra
“I don’t think there is a scope for any change in batting” – Aakash Chopra

Meanwhile, talented India opener Shubman Gill scored a 60-ball 70 in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. In the middle overs, both Shreyas and Rahul managed to maintain the momentum also. However, Chopra feels Axar Patel’s all-round performance won’t allow Washington Sundar to be in the XI. The veteran also feels Mohammed Siraj, Mohammad Shami and Umran Malik will also play in the second ODI after their great show in the first game against Sri Lanka. Notably, Umran picked up three crucial wickets in the first ODI as well.

“So this team is going to remain as it is. I don’t think there is a scope for any change in batting. After that, you will see Axar Patel, which means you will still not see Washington Sundar. I don’t find a place for him. You won’t able to keep Kulcha (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) together in these conditions as you expect dew and need to play three fast bowlers. So Umran Malik is the proper wicket-taker in the middle overs. He bowls fast and straight and hits the stumps. Umran Malik is an absolute beast. So I don’t expect any change there,” Aakash Chopra concluded.

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