Aakash Chopra feels that the capitals of Delhi have been plagued with many problems
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Aakash Chopra feels that the capitals of Delhi (DC) have been hit by quite a bit of trouble and have an arduous task ahead of them to reach the final of the IPL 2021.
The Delhi Capitals face the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in tonight’s Qualifier 2 match in Sharjah. The winner of the match will face the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the title final on Friday.
Seeing a preview of tonight’s Indian Premier League match in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra highlighted that things have started to go crazy for the capitals of Delhi. He elaborated:
“There are many things that have gone wrong and that worries me because I like Delhi as a franchise, but if you don’t play well, you won’t win. The Delhi Capitals’ task will be a bit difficult.”
The former Indian cricketer added that the capitals of Delhi have not been at their best in the United Arab Emirates, although they did finish at the top of the 2021 IPL points table. Chopra observed:
“Delhi has lost their last two games to get here. They have won, they came first in the league but they haven’t looked convincing at this stage of the IPL. That has been the story. Their team is good but they are not playing well.”
The capitals of Delhi have suffered setbacks in their last two matches against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in suspense thrillers. They were also defeated by KKR by three wickets at the same location as tonight’s match.
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Aakash Chopra on the batting woes of the Delhi capitals
Reflecting on the batting concerns of the Delhi capitals, Aakash Chopra acknowledges that Prithvi Shaw’s buccaneering approach might not work in Sharjah. He reasoned:
“The opening is going to be very difficult in this field. You will not get the rhythm and you will not be able to play the big shots. You have to graft and score runs and that’s where I think Prithvi will find it difficult. His chances of scoring runs in this field. they are minor. “
While noting that Shreyas Iyer appears to have lost his touch, the former KKR player believes the Delhi Capitals need to bring in an extra hitter in place of Tom Curran. Chopra explained:
“Shreyas Iyer’s form has slumped at a crucial moment in this tournament. After that, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer come. After that, they send anyone. You need to strengthen your hitting on this ground. You need to drop Tom Curran. He does. I don’t have a place in this team for this match. If Stoinis is available, play him, otherwise I’ll say Ripal Patel play. “
The Delhi Capitals also have the option of bringing in Steve Smith or Sam Billings if they want to strengthen their hitting. Considering the bowler-friendly surface in Sharjah, they should certainly look to add depth to their hitting.
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