Aakash Chopra believes that Yashasvi Jaiswal’s outstanding performance in T20Is, with four fifties and a century in 16 matches, has propelled him beyond Shubman Gill.

Team India asserted dominance in the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan, securing an unbeatable 2-0 lead with a convincing six-wicket win in the second T20I at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore, on January 14. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal’s brilliant 68, supported by Shivam Dube’s unbeaten 63, marked India’s commanding performance.

Jaiswal’s T20I career has been stellar, amassing 498 runs in 15 innings at an average of 35.57 and a striking rate of 163.81, including one century and four fifties.

Following yet another match-winning fifty in the second T20I, Aakash Chopra, former India cricketer turned commentator, believes the 22-year-old is indispensable in the T20I squad, asserting that Jaiswal has now surpassed Shubman Gill in selection considerations.

“Yashasvi is going. Again, the way he is batting. You will feel it would be unfair if you do not take him. Sometimes you are undroppable, meaning he is selectable. That is why he is here, making runs. Now he has gone beyond Gill. But now you will not be able to touch him,” said Chopra on his YouTube channel.

“You should not even try for it (not selecting Jaiswal) because you need something like this while batting. Otherwise, it will be the same as 2022; again and again, everything will be the same, the style of playing will be the same and only the year has changed,” he added.

Shubman Gill, with 335 runs from 14 T20I innings at an average of 25.76, has encountered a dip in form, scoring just 40 runs in his last four innings. Meanwhile, India aims for a series whitewash against Afghanistan on January 17 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

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Last Updated on January 16, 2024

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