Aakash Chopra has questioned the Delhi Capitals (DC) decision to demote an in-form Sarfaraz Khan in the batting order in their Sunday afternoon IPL 2022 encounter against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) according to the IPL Schedule 2022.
Khan, who went 36 unbeaten in the Capitals’ last game against the Lucknow Super Giants, couldn’t beat KKR. However, DC’s other hitters did their job posting a whopping 215/5 on the board.
While reflecting on the Delhi Capitals’ batting performance in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was taken aback by the franchise’s call not to use Khan’s services at bat. He said:
“There was a question in my mind. Where is Sarfaraz? Why did you play the kid? He hit well in the last game and they kept demoting him. He was sitting with the pads and they didn’t not batted. I hope someone put an arm over his shoulder and said ‘sorry’.”
However, the former Indian cricketer acknowledged that the rest of Delhi Capitals’ batting had done the needful. Chopra clarified:
“Prithvi Shaw and David Warner were absolutely sensational at the start. Kolkata was seen rubbing their hands and the two were seen frying the bowlers. It was a fantastic opening partnership. Pant is also came and opened his arms. At the end, Axar was also there with Shardul.”
Aakash Chopra pointed out that Delhi Capitals hitters were particularly tough on Pat Cummins. He observed:
“Sunil Narine was very good, he played well. Varun Chakravarthy was fine, he also played well. Umesh Yadav should have had more than one wicket but his performance was also good. Cummins got hit a lot, he scored a individual century in two games.”
Sunil Narine, who returned numbers of 2/21, was KKR’s star performer with the ball. While Cummins went wicketless and conceded 51 runs in his four-man move, Umesh Yadav was also taken to cleaners in his final.
Click here to see the orange cap in IPL 2022.
‘Khaleel Ahmed was absolutely exceptional’ – Aakash Chopra on Delhi Capitals bowling performance
Ahmed replaced Anrich Nortje in the Delhi Capitals playing XI. The left-arm tailor gave early breakthroughs as he dismissed Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane and finished with 3/25 numbers in his four overs.
Q. Did the Delhi Capitals make the right call in demoting Sarfaraz Khan in the batting order?
98 votes so far