Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra reckons the Punjab Kings (PBKS) will discover it tough to win matches constantly in IPL 2022 if captain Mayank Agarwal doesn’t rediscover his batting type quickly.
The opening batter has managed solely 136 runs in seven matches at a median of 19.43 and a strike fee of 125.93. His sole half-century got here in opposition to the Mumbai Indians (MI) on the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. Punjab will tackle the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on the similar venue on Friday.
Previewing the conflict on his YouTube channel, Chopra opined that Agarwal must get again among the many runs within the match in opposition to LSG. He said:
“Mayank Agarwal hasn’t scored runs. If PBKS have to win, he will have to score. There is no doubt about that. There will be hopes of a good knock from him because his only score of note came at this venue.”
Chopra added that Shikhar Dhawan’s return to type augurs effectively for the franchise, whereas terming Bhanuka Rajapaksa an outstanding batter within the T20 format. The cricketer-turned-analyst added:
“Shikhar Dhawan is in good form. Like David Warner and KL Rahul, he is consistent when he finds his groove. Bhanuka Rajapaksa is a phenomenal player. He plays very good T20 cricket. In the last match, he batted slowly because the surface at Wankhede was slow. This pitch is expected to be slightly quicker. After that, they have Liam Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma.”
In Punjab’s earlier match in opposition to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Dhawan scored an unbeaten 88 off 59 balls to carry PBKS to a morale-boosting 11-run victory. Agarwal and Co. are at the moment seventh within the standings with eight factors from as many video games.
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“Think about leaving out Bairstow to bring Ellis in” – Aakash Chopra’s suggestion to PBKS
Analyzing Punjab’s staff mixture for Friday’s match, Chopra advised that the franchise might ponder upon bringing in tempo bowler Nathan Ellis instead of batter Jonny Bairstow.
According to the 44-year-old, PBKS would possibly want extra tempo of their assault in opposition to LSG in Pune and defined:
“I feel PBKS want to deal with one difficulty on this match. They want tempo on this floor. Rishi Dhawan is an efficient choice and bowls effectively, however he’s a medium pacer. For this match, they will take into consideration getting Nathan Ellis in. They can take into consideration leaving out Jonny Bairstow to convey Ellis in for this sport. Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Kagiso Rabada can keep as the opposite three abroad gamers within the staff. I really feel they need to give it a thought.”
Ellis, 27, has performed just one match for Punjab this season. He bowled two overs in opposition to the Delhi Capitals (DC), returning with figures of 0 for 15.