Aakash Chopra picks India’s Test and T20I XIs to play on the same day
KL Rahul to lead India's T20I XI.
Updated - Jun 7, 2020 11:49 am
There are many talks that the international teams might play Tests and T20Is simultaneously post COVID-19 to compensate for the lost time. Recently, Ajit Agarkar and MSK Prasad came up with their Indian teams for Tests and T20Is if the national team decides to play both the formats simultaneously. On Sunday, former Indian cricketer cum commentator Aakash Chopra joined the bandwagon.
There were many questions on Rohit Sharma’s place – whether to pick in the Test side or in T20I side. However, Chopra went with the Test side as the dashing opener Rohit opens with Mayank Agarwal in his Test XI. Promising and consistent Pujara takes the no.3 slot with Virat Kohli taking No.4 and captain position of the Test side.
The most promising Ajinkya Rahane takes the deputy role and Hanuma Vihari is assigned the No.6 batting slot. Wriddhiman Saha, who’s one of the best keepers in the world, took the gloveman duties in the Test side. Ravi Ashwin is the lone spinner in the XI with Kuldeep Yadav taking the 12th man role. Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav form the pace attack.
Aakash Chopra’s India Test XI
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Chesteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav (12th man)
Coming to Chopra’s T20I XI, he went with KL Rahul as an opener-cum-captain with Shikhar Dhawan as his partner. Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer will take the no. 3 and no. 4 slots respectively. Rishabh Pant, who’s making headlines for his rash shots, takes the keeper role. Hardik Pandya has been assigned all-rounder and pinch-hitter’s role in the XI.
Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal will share the spin duties with Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah forming the pace attack. Aakash Chopra went with Shardul Thakur as his 12th man for the T20I side.
Aakash Chopra’s India T20I XI
KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur (12th man)