IPL 2021: “You won’t find a better man than Chris Gayle in this format to perform the job’- Deep Dasgupta on why PBKS should have opened with the ‘Universe Boss’ against MI

Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta believes that Punjab Kings missed a trick by not opening with Chris Gayle within the absence of Mayank Agarwal in Tuesday’s sport in opposition to the Mumbai Indians.

Talking at Cricinfo’s ‘Time Out’, Dasgupta reckoned that the KL Rahul-led workforce ought to have batted the likes of Chris Gayle and Aiden Markram forward of Mandeep Singh, who was enjoying after a very long time. Dasgupta stated:

“In hindsight (on whether or not Gayle ought to have opened), sure, however if you have a look at the batting order, you’ve got acquired somebody like Aiden Markram, who’s extra at house in these circumstances in opposition to tempo and bounce as in comparison with somebody like Mandeep Singh, who’s enjoying after some time.”

With Mayank Agarwal lacking the MI sport attributable to a niggle, the Punjab Kings opted to open with Mandeep Singh alongside captain KL Rahul. However the ploy backfired, as Singh managed an detached 14-ball 15 in opposition to the defending champions.

Deep Dasgupta explains why Gayle ought to have changed Mayank Agarwal on the high of the order

Dasgupta added that as Rahul likes to take his time earlier than shifting gears, PBKS ought to have changed an injured Mayank Agarwal with Gayle on the high of the order. The massive-hitting left-hander may have helped the workforce achieve momentum within the powerplay.

“The way in which that Punjab have approached thus far, it has been KL Rahul, who needs to begin slowly after which decide up the tempo and attempt to bat until the tip, whereas somebody like Mayank Agarwal who begins briskly and makes certain that you just create the momentum. So, when Mayank is lacking, you wanted somebody who was higher positioned to do this job, and you will not discover a higher man than Chris Gayle on this format to carry out that job,” Dasgupta added.

As issues turned out, KL Rahul himself could not convert his begin into an enormous knock, as Kieron Pollard dismissed him for a 21-ball 22. Gayle additionally did not bother the scorers a lot, as Pollard dismissed him for a four-ball one. Finally, it was Markram’s attacking 29-ball 42 that lifted PBKS to a good complete of 135/6.

Nonetheless, that proved to be insufficient, as Hardik Pandya (40* off 30 balls) and Kieron Pollard (15* off seven balls) guided MI to a six-wicket win.

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