Shubman Gill Took His Time Because of The Way Rahul Tripathi Was Striking Ball: Aakash Chopra

Last Update: February 02, 2023, 17:27 IST

Team India batsman Rahul Tripathi (AP Image)

Team India batsman Rahul Tripathi (AP Image)

Rahul Tripathi also shone in India’s innings, scoring a crucial 44 off just 22 balls, giving India some momentum after the early dismissal of Ishan Kishan.

east India Cricketer Aakash Chopra believes opener Shubman Gill would have needed more momentum en route to his unbeaten 126 in the T20I series decider against New Zealand had it not been for Rahul Tripathi’s flamboyant innings in Ahmedabad.

Gill scored an unbeaten 126 off 63 balls, hitting 12 fours and seven sixes at a strike rate of 200, guiding India to a massive 234/4 and en route to a massive 168-run victory to win the series 2–1. laid the groundwork for ,

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Apart from him, Tripathi also shone in India’s innings, scoring a crucial 44 off just 22 balls, which gave India some ground after Ishan Kishan was dismissed early, before being caught off Ishan Sodhi’s short ball in the ninth over. Gave speed

“Shubman Gill is a sensation. He is scoring 100’s and 200’s left right and centre. I will still talk about Rahul Tripathi first because if Tripathi’s innings was not there, Gill would have to accelerate more. Earlier, he was increasing the pace, but after that, he took his time because of the way Tripathi was hitting the ball and playing some exceptional shots.”

“He’s just brilliant. Rahul’s mindset was like he scores runs in IPL and the same way he will score runs in international cricket, he doesn’t care whether it’s his last chance or not. He came out, he expressed himself , And he won the hearts of the fans because of how they played as if even if the wicket fell, our boys didn’t stop. The bat just kept swinging,” said Chopra on GeoCinema’s new daily sports show ‘Akashvani’.

With four Tests against Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting on February 9, Chopra spoke of left-arm spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s availability for the series.

“Ravindra Jadeja is available. He recently played a Ranji Trophy match where he took a lot of wickets. He is already a part of the Indian team camp. Jadeja being fit is really important for India, and I will tell you why because Rishabh Pant is not there, and Shreyas Iyer may not be either.

“Iyer has a hamstring or back injury from which he has not fully recovered. So if he is not available then we can see Surya in the starting lineup as well. Also, Hanuma Vihari (he broke his right wrist in Ranji Trophy), who is also not a part of the team. So without Jaddu, the batting becomes very weak. Jadeja being fit and Shreyas Iyer being unfit is big news for India.”

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