India have had a mixed tour of Australia so far that saw them losing the ODI series 2-1 and winning the T20I series by the same margin. Certain players, however, haven’t quite managed to grab onto the opportunities given to them in the white-ball contests and could see themselves being replaced by the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan in the forthcoming series, feels Aakash Chopra.
Sanju Samson earned a call-up into the Indian T20I team and also made it to the ODI squad as the reserve wicket-keeper batsman to KL Rahul. The Kerala-born cricketer, however, failed to convert his starts into long innings in all three T20Is, leaving fans and the team management frustrated.
Chopra, answering a fan’s query on his YouTube channel, feels the Mumbai Indians duo of Suryakumar and Ishan could get the nod for the limited-overs series against England next year as pressure piles on Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson.
“Let’s be honest, they are not that far. Because Samson got a chance, but he could not make use of that. Shreyas Iyer is also going 50-50, his Australian tour has not been that great, in fact, I will call it a slightly disappointing tour. So if we see from that point of view and Manish Pandey’s place is also not fully cemented.”
There was a huge uproar in the cricketing spectrum after Suryakumar was snubbed for the tour of Australia despite being one of the finest batsmen for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. After the results India endured Down Under in the limited-overs series, Chopra feels some changes are likely to be made in the team which could benefit the likes of Surya and Ishan.
“So both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are knocking the doors, and considering the number of our players that are getting injured, I feel they might even get to play against England. I don’t think both of them are too far, but if they have another good IPL, which they had in IPL 2020, and if even the 2021 edition goes good, then you will definitely see them play international cricket,” Chopra further said.