Aakash Chopra has requested Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain KL Rahul to play more freely and avoid stalling due to the underperformance of the rest of the batting order. He said the PBKS mid-range not making runs is “their problem” and that Rahul should stick to his aggressive style no matter what.
The former opener cited his own example to explain his point, saying that the best player on a team cannot be “penalized” for playing the anchor role in the same way Virender Sehwag could never have been asked to play as Aakash Chopra. play.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Chopra said:
“Rahul, please clear. What happens is other batsmen don’t make runs, so Rahul gets slow. It’s their problem if they don’t make runs. You play like you do, because 52-ball 62 runs (55-ball 67) isn’t who you are… you still have to push the game a little bit. You can’t compromise. Being the best player doesn’t mean you have to be penalized to become the anchor. If Virender Sehwag the “As the best player on the team, you can’t ask him to play like Aakash Chopra. No, it’s wrong, because you’re much better than that.”
Aakash Chopra’s comments take on significance in light of PBKS’s recent match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). KL Rahul led the chase from the front with a cautious 67, which also involved a few missed catches and a controversial decision by the third umpire.
Despite PBKS’ brilliant opening 70-run partnership and KL Rahul’s knock, the middle class collapsed and the match passed to the latter from where it could have gone either way had it not been for Rahul Tripathi’s field blunder against Shahrukh Khan.
“You can even win without entertainment” – Aakash Chopra’s message to PBKS and KL Rahul
Aakash Chopra went on to say that, like many captains in the IPL, KL Rahul’s leadership decisions were at times unfathomable. He also commented on PBKS’s “entertainers” tag, which stems from their tendency to make easy-to-win games difficult and sometimes even collapse at the last minute.
Aakash Chopra concluded by saying:
“Think a bit more about bowling changes when a left-hander comes to bat. You’ve got Markam and Hooda who can bowl, but you don’t try them. I don’t understand Rahul’s captaincy much, to be honest. A lot of captains like that now. But you can win even without entertainment and that’s something you have to remind everyone of…”
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PBKS is currently in fifth place in the points table and will now clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore at 3:30 PM IST in an unmissable encounter in Sharjah.
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