I don't think India will change openers now, Samson is ruled out: Aakash

I don't think India will change openers now, Samson is ruled out: Aakash

People have called for Sanju Samson to open the batting for the second T20 against the West Indies, after he replaced the injured KL Rahul

India started off the T20I series against West Indies on quite a positive note, winning the first match by a mammoth 67 runs. India were expected to field a strong starting XI with most of the regular first teamers back in the mix. However, in the absence of KL Rahul, everyone had their eyes on who would be the opening partner of Rohit Sharma.

While everyone expected it to be Rishabh Pant, who had opened the batting for India with Rohit Sharma against England, the Men in Blue pulled off a surprise by promoting Suryakumar Yadav up the order. He got off to an attacking start but fell after scoring 24 runs off 16 balls.

People have called for Sanju Samson to open the batting, after he replaced KL Rahul in the squad. However, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra feels that India will not chop and change the batting order. "Sanju Samson has also opened for India in two matches and has scored 95 runs. He will be available for selection from the next game. But having just opened with Surya, I don't think India will want to change openers every day. So Samson almost gets ruled out of the race," he said in a video on his YouTube channel.

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Deepak Hooda has been in sensational form off late, but he was benched for the first T20I against West Indies. Aakash Chopra feels that even if he returns to the playing XI for the second T20I, it will be in the middle order.

"Deepak Hooda had opened in Ireland when Gaikwad was injured. But can he open? He can't. Because you aren't playing him in your XI in the first place. He can play in the team as the likes of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are unavailable. But you are playing Shreyas Iyer so I think even Hooda is ruled out as an opener," Chopra added.

After winning the first T20I, the Indian team face West Indies in two consecutive matches on 1st and 2nd August at St Kitts. They will then move to Florida to play two more T20Is and conclude the series.

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