Former Indian batter Aakash Chopra reckons that the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) mustn’t open the batting with Abhishek Sharma of their IPL 2022 contest towards the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). According to him, the ploy doesn’t make a number of sense.
Having been thumped by 61 runs of their opening IPL 2022 encounter, Hyderabad will tackle Lucknow on the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday.
Analyzing SRH’s squad, Chopra prompt some modifications to the batting order. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he opined:
“There is no sense in opening the batting with Abhishek Sharma. Don’t open with him. Instead, open with Rahul Tripathi and Washington Sundar. Washi is batting beautifully and he is a top-order batsman. He is being wasted lower down the order. Kane Williamson, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram will complete my Top 5. I would bat Abhishek Sharma at 6 and Abdul Samad at 7.”
On the bowling assault, he acknowledged that he would play South African left-arm pacer Marco Jansen forward of West Indies’ Romario Shepherd. Chopra added:
“Among the bowlers, I would play Marco Jansen ahead of Romario Shepherd. Then of course SRH have three pacers in Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar), T Natarajan and Umran Malik.”
In Hyderabad’s opening encounter towards Rajasthan, Sundar was hammered for 47 in his three overs and Natarajan went for 43 in his 4, however the latter claimed a few wickets.
“In my playing XI for LSG, there is no place for Manish Pandey” – Aakash Chopra
Despite Lucknow chasing down 211 towards the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) of their earlier match, Chopra stated that he would nonetheless make some tweaks to the staff. The former cricketer didn’t decide the out-of-form Manish Pandey in his most popular taking part in XI.
Sharing his ideas on LSG’s squad, the 44-year-old acknowledged:
“In my playing XI for LSG, there is no place for Manish Pandey. My top three would be KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock and Evin Lewis. I would bat Deepak Hooda at four and push Ayush Badoni to five. He is batting too low for now. Jason Holder will come in at six, and Krunal Pandya at seven.”
Chopra additionally picked Ankit Rajpoot as one among his pacers, including:
“For the bowlers, I would go with Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye and will play Ankit Rajpoot as well. In that way, Lucknow would have four bowlers and three all-rounders.”
Although LSG beat CSK of their earlier IPL 2022 encounter, their bowlers proved costly. Dushmantha Chameera went for 49 in his 4 whereas Tye conceded 40.