IPL 2022: Aakash Chopra selects the players for the duel between SRH and LSG

Former Indian batter Aakash Chopra reckons Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) should not open the batting with Abhishek Sharma in their IPL 2022 contest against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). According to him, the trick doesn’t make much sense.

After 61 runs in their IPL 2022 opening fixture, Hyderabad meets Lucknow on Monday at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium.

Chopra analyzed SRH’s roster and suggested some changes to the batting order. On his YouTube channel he said:

“There’s no point in opening the batting with Abhishek Sharma. Don’t open with him. Open with Rahul Tripathi and Washington Sundar instead. Washi hits beautifully and is a top-notch hitter. It is wasted further down the order. Kane Williamson, Nicholas Pooran, and Aiden Markram will complete my top 5. I would beat Abhishek Sharma by 6 and Abdul Samad by 7.”

At the bowling attack, he stated that he would play against South African left-arm pacesetter Marco Jansen ahead of West Indies’ Romario Shepherd. Chopra added:

“Among the bowlers, I would play Marco Jansen ahead of Romario Shepherd. Then of course SRH has three pacers in Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar), T Natarajan and Umran Malik.”

In Hyderabad’s opening encounter against Rajasthan, Sundar was hammered for 47 in his three overs and Natarajan went for 43 in his four overs but the latter claimed a couple of wickets.

“There’s no place for Manish Pandey in my LSG squad” – Aakash Chopra

Although Lucknow tracked 211 against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their previous game, Chopra said he was still making some changes to the team. The former cricketer has not picked the out-of-form Manish Pandey in his preferred playing XI.

The 44-year-old commented on the LSG squad as follows:

“There is no place for Manish Pandey in my squad for LSG. My top three would be KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock and Evin Lewis. I would beat Deepak Hooda by four and push Ayush Badoni to five. He’s hitting too low at the moment. Jason Holder will be there at six and Krunal Pandya at seven.”

Chopra also chose Ankit Rajpoot as one of his pacemakers, adding:

“For the bowlers I would go with Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye and also play Ankit Rajpoot. That way Lucknow would have four bowlers and three all-rounders.”

Although LSG defeated CSK in their previous IPL 2022 encounter, their bowlers proved expensive. Dushmantha Chameera went for 49 in his fours while Tye conceded 40. IPL 2022: Aakash Chopra selects the players for the duel between SRH and LSG

Tom Vazquez

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