IPL 2021: “Personally, I don’t like the idea” – Aakash Chopra on Krunal Pandya batting at No. 4 for MI

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Aakash Chopra has opined that the Mumbai Indians (MI) could be higher off enjoying Ishan Kishan as a substitute of Krunal Pandya on the No. 4 spot of their batting lineup.

Krunal Pandya scored 39 runs off 26 deliveries whereas batting at No. 4 in MI’s final match in opposition to the Rajasthan Royals (RR). The Rohit Sharma-led facet most well-liked to retain him and unnoticed Kishan, as they included Nathan Coulter-Nile to bolster their bowling for that encounter.

Whereas previewing MI’s conflict in opposition to the Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra identified that Ishan Kishan is extra completed than Krunal Pandya to bat on the No. 4 place.

“It was definitely fascinating that they dropped within the final match. They’ve sufficient bowlers however Krunal Pandya batting at No.4. Personally, I do not like the concept. Not that I do not like Krunal Pandya however my challenge is that in case you are enjoying him to bat at No.4, then Ishan is healthier,” stated Chopra.

The reputed commentator additionally highlighted that Krunal Pandya bowled only a solitary over in opposition to the Rajasthan Royals and is unlikely to get an excessive amount of bowling in opposition to a CSK lineup that has fairly just a few southpaws.

“And in case you have saved him for bowling, you then gave him simply the one over. The opposition workforce may have left-handers right here as effectively. Firstly you should have Moeen Ali, then Suresh Raina, after which Jaddu and Sam Curran. So, you won’t be able to bowl Krunal Pandya a lot right here as effectively,” added Chopra.

Krunal Pandya has picked up solely three wickets in IPL 2021 up to now. Aside from a superb spell in opposition to the Kolkata Knight Riders, his bowling has been below-par, particularly contemplating that the Mumbai Indians performed their first 5 encounters on the spin-friendly Chepauk pitch.


“MI ought to get Ishan Kishan as a substitute of Krunal Pandya” – Aakash Chopra

Krunal Pandya averages 13.60 with the bat in IPL 2021 [P/C: iplt20.com]
Krunal Pandya averages 13.60 with the bat in IPL 2021 [P/C: iplt20.com]

Aakash Chopra desires the Mumbai Indians to stick with Jayant Yadav and herald Ishan Kishan on the expense of Krunal Pandya.

“If that’s the case, you must proceed to play Jayant, hold the remaining additionally the identical and get Ishan Kishan as a substitute of Krunal. Ishan appeared alright in Chennai additionally, he was not doing that dangerous. Aside from that, I do not see scope of every other change on this workforce,” signed off Chopra.

With Krunal Pandya making a helpful contribution with the bat within the final match, the Mumbai Indians are unlikely to depart him out from their enjoying XI. Nonetheless, they could convey again Kishan for Yadav, who conceded 37 runs in his three overs within the final encounter, in the event that they wish to strengthen their batting.


Printed 01 Might 2021, 10:50 IST




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