Aakash Chopra has suggested some changes for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who play XI ahead of their match against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) today.
The cricketer-turned-announcer said it was high time KKR fired their out-of-form captain Eoin Morgan and replaced him with Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Citing a conversation he had with two-time champion KKR captain Gautam Gambhir, Aakash Chopra suggested that Morgan must be selfless to make way for someone who can contribute more than him.
In the latest video on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said:
“Kolkata, I beg you with folded hands: I’ll give you two or three options. First, change the captain, you’ve done it before and it’s no shame. I spoke to Gautam recently. He was talking about the 2014 season. , he said he couldn’t score points in the first three games, so he went to the coach and said, ‘I can’t, just let me down because I’m not contributing.'”
“Morgan would have thought the same because it’s been 11 innings and he’s averaged 10. We don’t see great captaincy decisions in your team selections and all that. So maybe it’s time to replace Shakib Al Hasan with Morgan to bring.” “
Aakash Chopra also asked KKR to ban Tim Seifert, who made his IPL debut in the team’s final game, from the playing XI. The former opener believes Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting will be a better choice as he can bat in the lower order while taking some weight off Venkatesh Iyer’s shoulders in the bowling department.
Aakash Chopra said in this regard:
“You can’t play Seifert if you can’t get him to bat in the highest order. So replace him with Ben Cutting. Do something because you don’t have Lockie, so you must have at least five bowlers. Five bowlers plus Venkatesh Iyer is okay “But four bowlers plus Venkatesh Iyer? It just doesn’t make sense my friend. I honestly don’t understand how you can expect so much from him. He’s doing well, but he’s not Superman.”
Eoin Morgan has scored just 109 runs in IPL 2021, with his last five innings including two ducks and no double digits. Tim Seifert, on the other hand, played just four balls on his debut and scored two points.
Tell Eoin Morgan: “It doesn’t work”: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra went on to pitch for a better team selection from the KKR camp, saying there will be no better chance of bringing both Ben Cutting and Shakib Al Hasan into the mix.
Aakash Chopra signed by saying:
“When you write those names on the sheet, look how many bowlers there are because there’s no point in playing that much batting. You said you don’t have the balance without Russell, but you also said there is a specific role for Ben Cutting There won’t be a better part than this At least play it if you don’t like Shakib Actually play Shakib too and say to Eoin Morgan ‘It doesn’t work’ It happens to everyone… but tends to hurt a little more to do if it is an overseas captain.”
Cutting has amassed 40 runs with a strike rate of 148.14 and three wickets with an economy rate of just over 10 in T20Is for Australia, excluding 2,368 runs and 128 wickets from 171 matches in many T20 competitions.
Meanwhile, Shakib has a strike rate of over 121 for his 1,763 T20I runs and 106 wickets via left arm off spin at a cost of 6.73 runs per over to his credit.
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