Q) Will Rishabh Pant’s contribution with the bat, hamper Wridhiman Saha’s chance of returning to the playing XI?
Aakash Chopra -“Rishabh Pant has been one of the finds of the season for Team India, and with the way he has continued his run with the bat, it’s going to quite a task for Wridhiman Saha to make way in the Indian playing XI after he sustained a shoulder injury which gave the green signal to Pant and he cashed in on the opportunity valiantly.”
“But in the time to come there is a probability of having both players in the squad with Pant playing as a batsman, while Saha does his duty from behind the stumps, it’s still a long time to come before India participate in their next challenge in the longest format of the game,
"as the preparation for the World Cup will aggressively will get under course. It will be unfortunate if Saha doesn’t get an opportunity to make a comeback, but if he doesn’t return, one would understand that Rishabh Pant’s dominance with the bat, in which he has scored two big hundreds in England and Australia has pretty much cemented his spot in the time.”
Q) Should Ravindra Jadeja looked at as a more prominent prospect than Ravi Ashwin in the time to come?
Aakash Chopra - “Ravindra Jadeja on the other end has increased his value as a cricketer. Talking about his performance in the final Test against England then we all remember his significant all round performance with both bat and ball. His impact in Melbourne with the ball and his knock of 81 in Sydney is helping Kohli to have more confidence in him when it comes to overseas tours. He’s giving Ravi Ashwin a run for his money somewhere down the line, and it will certainly not be easy for him does Jadeja continue to march his way towards good performances.”
Q) Why has Nathon Lyon being ineffective ever since the Melbourne Test?
Aakash Chopra - “Coming to Nathan Lyon’s ineffectiveness with the ball, then we have to give credit to the newbie Mayank Agarwal who has countered Lyon’s spin by coming down the track and going for sixes in his bowling spells. Cheteshwar Pujara is the other individual who has taken care of the threat Lyon holds by stepping out and smothering the ball down midwicket, and is pretty strong with the back foot as well.”
Q) Would have Steve Smith and David Warner make a difference in the team?
Aakash Chopra - “Probably yes, but there’s no point talking about what could have and what couldn’t. But the difference that the duo would have made in the team would be through some positivity in the dressing room and the players. By the end of the day, history won’t judge you on who played and who didn’t, because 20 years down the line, the people will read out that it was Virat Kohli’s team who were the first ones to beat Australia in their backyard.”
Q) Is there any other batsmen who relies on playing the long innings in modern day test cricket just like Cheteshwar Pujara?
Aakash Chopra – “Talking about the patience and persistence of Cheteshwar Pujara, then there haven’t been many in modern day cricket who match Pujara’s qualities. There’s definitely the fab four who tick majority of the boxes. Tom Latham is a player who has it in him to play long innings with great levels of concentration, but apart from these two, there aren’t many who pop in my head when it comes to playing the old school cricket.”
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