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Chopra questions Rohit Sharma aggressive approach in T20 World Cup

Written by Abhishek Patil

Former India cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra feels India captain Rohit Sharma might do away with his ‘ultra-aggressive’ batting in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. Notably, the slow nature of the pitches in the West Indies and USA have come to light hinting at a not-so-high-scoring event.

Keeping that mind, Chopra suggested that Rohit might give up his aggressive approach which he flaunted during the ODI World Cup 2023 by attacking the new ball. He also mentioned that India might not look to go big in the powerplay given the lethal new ball attack of the opponents.

“Rohit Sharma might come in an ultra-aggressive mode but even he might not as you are trying to bat long. So strategy is not changing a lot. Don’t believe we will look to and will score 60 runs in the first six overs every time. Don’t count the USA and Canada matches, I am talking about the real matches like Pakistan and even against Ireland. Their new-ball attack is decent,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

Further speaking ahead, the former India opener highlighted the importance of lifting a trophy for India to be called a successful team. Notably, the Asian giants have failed to clinch an ICC title since their Champions Trophy triumph in 2013. Since then, India have reached the knockout stages of all the ICC events barring the T20 World Cup 2021.

“India need to reach the podium to be successful. Finishing in the top two is the bare minimum. It’s possible things might not go in your favor in the final but at least the finals. I also feel this might be the last World Cup for a lot of people, so you want them to have the trophy in their hands,” he added.

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