Former India batter Aakash Chopra reckons some unusual workforce picks and perplexing captaincy strikes marred what was in any other case a powerful marketing campaign for Delhi Capitals (DC) in IPL 2021.
DC completed the league stage on the prime of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 factors desk with 10 wins and 4 losses. They have been thought of one of many favorites to win this 12 months’s version however bowed out of the competitors following losses in each the qualifiers.
Reflecting on DC’s efficiency in IPL 2021, Chopra concluded that whereas the franchise carried out fairly properly, it was a case of a missed alternative for them.
Mentioning to what, he felt, have been choice blunders from DC, the previous cricketer mentioned on his YouTube channel:
“Anrich Nortje didn’t play within the first half. Not that it mattered so much however they saved out an enormous bowler. Steve Smith ought to have performed in Qualifier 2 on a gradual Sharjah pitch however DC performed Marcus Stoinis as a substitute, who batted at three. Doesn’t work like that.”
Chopra additional added that Rishabh Pant’s inexperience as captain confirmed as he made some puzzling strikes. The 44-year-old elaborated:
“Some captaincy selections have been baffling. I keep in mind a recreation towards RCB through which Stoinis bowled the final over and AB de Villiers smashed him. Then towards CSK (in Qualifier 1), Tom Curran bowled the final over forward of Kagiso Rabada. Sure, Rabada was not bowling properly. However, if he had bowled with one leg, he would have been a more sensible choice than Curran. He’s that good.”
CSK wanted 13 from the final over to win Qualifier 1 in Dubai. MS Dhoni smashed Curran for 3 fours to seal a spot for his workforce within the IPL 2021 last.
“He wasn’t as attacking” – Aakash Chopra on DC skipper Rishabh Pant’s batting
Other than his captaincy, Chopra felt that Pant’s batting too wasn’t as free-flowing as one has witnessed previously few months. Talking in regards to the left-hander’s efficiency, he opined:
“His strike price was round 120-125. That’s not the Rishabh Pant we all know. He wasn’t as attacking as he was anticipated to be. His consistency was a problem. He scored three fifties however Delhi misplaced all these video games. So his runs by no means got here in a successful trigger. It’s a travesty however that is what it’s.”
Rishabh Pant scored 419 runs in 16 matches in IPL 2021 at a strike price of 128.52 with a prime rating of 58 not out.