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Aakash Chopra on who should give way to Jason Holder in LSG playing XI

Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra believes Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper KL Rahul will have to make a difficult decision when it comes to placing Jason Holder in the starting XI for the 2022 IPL clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

After beating 211 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a confident LSG is set to take on SRH on Monday at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium. With West India all-rounder Holder eligible for selection, Lucknow is likely to make at least one change to his squad.

They went into their previous IPL 2022 duel against CSK with Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Andrew Tye and Dushmantha Chameera as the four foreign players. Analyzing how Lucknow Holder can fit into his playing XI, Chopra said on his YouTube channel:

“With Jason Holder available, a foreign player has to sit out. I don’t think anyone will touch Evin Lewis and Quinton de Kock. One of Andrew Tye and Dushmantha Chameera also has to play. Will they drop a batter or a bowler? That is the question that KL must answer.”

Holder will be up against his former franchise if he is selected for Monday’s game. He was with SRH last season and was indeed one of the few bright spots for the team in an otherwise disastrous streak.

The 30-year-old played eight games for the Hyderabad franchise last season, winning 16 wickets at a strike rate of 11.93 and an economy rate of 7.75. The former West Indies captain also played some handy cameos with the racquet, notching 85 runs with a best of 47 that didn’t fall out.

Holder had a great T20 series against England at home earlier in the year, taking 15 wickets in five games on an under-eight batting average.


“You can’t have two expensive bowlers” – Aakash Chopra on LSG pacesetters Chameera and Tye

While both Chameera and Tye are considered wicket bowlers, they proved expensive against CSK. While the Sri Lankan pacer hit 49 in his four overs, Tye conceded 40 despite taking a few wickets.

Discussing Lucknow’s bowling, Chopra said:

“Lucknow’s bowling is a problem. Chameera was expensive in the last game, as was Tye. You can’t have two expensive bowlers.”

Aside from Chameera and Tye, left arm spinner Krunal Pandya also went to 36 in his three overs. Leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi was Lucknow’s standout with numbers of two for 24.


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