IPL 2022: Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, and Venkatesh Iyer are expected to retain their top-order positions in the Indian Premier League despite playing a different role for the national team, according to former Indian batter Aakash Chopra. The likes of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli have already occupied India’s top three positions ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia. In other words, the IPL performers will only receive their opportunities in the middle of the order.
Yadav has performed well for the Mumbai Indians at No. 3. He will remain in that position, while he has performed admirably for India in previous years when batting at No. 5 or 6. The same can be said for both Iyers. They have performed well in the middle order for India. But they will bat at the top of the order for their respective club, the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chopra said that the performances of the players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) would be taken into consideration while picking the players for the Indian team, rather than their positions.
The Indian squad and the Indian Premier League are two very distinct worlds: Aakash Chopra ahead of IPL 2022
Chopra cited Venkatesh Iyer as the ideal example since he opens for his club, the Kolkata Knight Riders. But he was used as an all-rounder for India owing to the vacancy at No. 6. He went on to say that the BCCI may instruct Venkatesh’s state team to have him bat at No. 6 to get him acclimated to the position. But he pointed out that this would not be the case in franchise cricket. He also said that the Indian middle-order players, who are now participating in the IPL, would continue to play their top-order duties.
“The Indian team and the Indian Premier League are two completely different planets. It was because he scored runs for the Kolkata Knight Riders as an opener that Venkatesh Iyer was chosen to represent India. But he was advised to bat further down the order since the top order was already filled with talented players. The BCCI can force him to bat down the order in his domestic team. But in the IPL, since the teams are privately owned, they may spend a lot of money on a certain position. Even, Hardik Pandya will bat at number four for his IPL club,” Aakash chopra stated.
“At the end of the day, runs are what matter, as Venkatesh Iyer has shown. The cricketer’s task is just to score runs. If he or she does so, the selectors will automatically choose them. They will be assigned to play wherever the team needs them. Consequently, I don’t see Surya, Shreyas, or Venkatesh jeopardising their top-order positions,“ he said.