Indian Commentator Aakash Chopra identified Washington Sundar’s recent injury issue and said that he will have to be handled carefully in the upcoming T20s series against Ireland. India will take on Ireland in three ODIs with the first match being played in Dublin on August 18, 2023. Washington Sundar is among the three spinners selected in the 15-member Indian team for the tour.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra reflected on the team selected for the series. About Washington Sundar’s selection as one of the spinners, he said:
“Washington Sundar’s name is there. He is slightly fragile. He gets injured a lot. He was actually playing Test cricket not too long ago and was doing well, and then ODI cricket. Then he got injured so often. So he will be sent with a ‘handle with care’ sticker to Ireland.”
The former Indian opener was happy with Prasidh Krishna’s return from injury and Arshdeep Singh’s return to the T20 team, saying:
“Shahbaz Ahmed and Ravi Bishnoi are there alongside him. So we have three spin-bowling options. Then, Prasidh Krishna, he is making a comeback, which warms my heart. They are finally playing Arshdeep Singh, that warms my heart as well. Then Mukesh Kumar and Avesh Khan.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra pointed out Mukesh Kumar has been a constant feature in every Indian team selected recently. However, he said that the selection of Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, and Arshdeep could mean that they will not be part of the Asia Cup team.
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We are not feeding him when there is an opportunity” – Aakash Chopra on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s vice-captain appointment
Reflecting on the batting lineup, Aakash Chopra pointed out that Ruturaj Gaikwad has been named Jaspreet Bumrah deputy although not been given a chance against the West Indies so far,
“Ruturaj Gaikwad is captaining the Asian Games squad and here he is the vice-captain. So we are seeing him in a leadership role repeatedly, although we are not playing him when there is a chance. We have tried everyone but we didn’t play Ruturaj Gaikwad in the ODIs against the West Indies.”
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Verma have been retained after being selected for the T20 against the West Indies.
Aakash Chopra Said:
“Yashasvi Jaiswal is being groomed for T20s. He is currently also in the T20 team (vs the West Indies) and will remain for the next one as well. Tilak Varma – once again, he is part of the team currently and will remain in the next series.”
Aakash Chopra is happy that Rinku Singh has been picked after being overlooked for the T20s series against the West Indies. He also termed the selection of Sanju Samson, Jitesh Sharma, and
as the right decision.