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Aakash Chopra picks T20 World Cup squad, leaves out Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma

Chopra omitted both Kohli and Rohit from his squad. Instead, he preferred Rahul Tripathi for the No.3 position and Ishan Kishan as the second opener.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 1 June 2022 2:23 pm

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) finally came to a conclusion after two months of action-packed cricket. Gujarat Titans lifted the coveted title in their debut season under Hardik Pandya. Meanwhile, the two most successful teams in IPL, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) finished in the last two spots.

While there was glee for some, a few big names found the tournament really tough. Indian batting giants like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli struggled big time in IPL 2022. While Rohit scored a paltry 268 runs in 14 matches, Kohli scored 341 in 16 matches. On the other hand, some young players like Rahul Tripathi, Arshdeep Singh, Mohsin Khan, and Rajat Patidar impressed everyone with their match-winning performances.

Based on these performances in IPL 2022, former cricketer turned analyst Aakash Chopra picked his squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Chopra omitted both Kohli and Rohit from his squad. Instead, he preferred Rahul Tripathi for the No.3 position and Ishan Kishan as the second opener. He also included veteran wicketkeeper batter Dinesh Karthik as the lone wicketkeeper.

The former cricketer also gave a chance to Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya who had a decent outing for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in IPL 2022. RR captain Sanju Samson also found a place in Aakash Chopra’s squad. Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel, and Mohammed Shami are the pacers in the squad.

Kul–Cha also made a comeback in Chopra’s squad for the T20 World Cup. Notably, Chahal won the Purple Cap with 27 wickets this season while Kuldeep Yadav claimed 21 wickets in 12 games in IPL 2022. Chopra named Hardik Pandya as the captain of his squad as the Baroda all-rounder won an IPL title for Gujarat. Pandya also impressed with his all–round show (487 runs and 8 wickets) throughout the season.

Aakash Chopra’s T20 World Cup Squad (Based on IPL 2022 Performance): KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah.

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