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We are figuring out the batting order now

Aakash Chopra sees India’s uncertain batting order as one of their potential weaknesses ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup. Rohit Sharma and company will begin their campaign with a Group A match against Ireland in New York on Wednesday 5 June.

The Men in Blue opened Rohit and Sanju Samson in their only warm-up match against Bangladesh at the same venue four days ago. They also batted Rishabh Pant in an unusual number 3 position.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra pointed out India’s undefined batting order as one of their weaknesses.

“Is there a potential weakness? I’m seeing a weakness. We’re figuring out the batting order now, which is not a good thing. I’m not a fan of that at all, why are you figuring out your batting order after going to the World Cup,” he said (2:15).

“You are still looking for something that you should have found and confirmed earlier. That means things are not right,” the former India opener added.

India had potentially named Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma as their openers, with Virat Kohli batting at number 3, for the T20 World Cup ahead of IPL 2024. However, Jaiswal’s indifferent run in the prestigious league, along With Kohli’s dominance at the top of the order, it could tempt them to open with the modern batsman, with Pant as the left-handed option at No. 3.

“I see the lower-middle as a slight concern” – Aakash Chopra on India’s other weakness

Hardik Pandya will potentially play the role of India's finisher.
Hardik Pandya will potentially play the role of India’s finisher.

Aakash Chopra feels that India also lacks firepower in the finishing department.

“Secondly, I see the lower-middle order as a slight concern. Explosive power with form is not seen in finishing. Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya are still playing well, but Axar Patel, that’s not your “If you make a list of the top five in the world, you might not want to save any of their names there,” he explained (2:35).

The renowned commentator added that one between Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant might have to stay till the end to provide the necessary impetus.

“So if you don’t even have a finisher who is that incredible, considering that there may not be too many runs scored in the first six overs, you will find that the firepower is a bit lacking unless, of course, one of your top four bat till the end. The Indian team has done it many times, whether it’s Rohit, Kohli, Surya or Pant, they bat till the end and the cracks get covered up a little bit,” Chopra observed.

Hardik Pandya, who was not in great form in IPL 2024, had an impressive knock in the warm-up match against Bangladesh. However, Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja found it difficult to force the pace and will need to up their game in the main tournament.