Aakash Chopra picks Punjab Kings XI, no place for Rs 8 cr purchase
IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra chooses his Punjab Kings XI, pass over Riley Meredith, Dawid Malan- Cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra has picked the enjoying XI for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021. He has overlooked one of many costliest buys from Australia Meredith and ICC’s World No.1 T20 batsman Malan.
Riley Meredith and Dawid Malan
Surprisingly, Riley Meredith who was offered for Rs 8 crore to Punjab King’s title didn’t seem in Aakash Chopra’s ultimate XI. He was one of many costly picks in IPL 2021 auctions. Australian all-rounder Riley Meredith was picked up by Punjab Kings for Rs 8 crore within the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) mini gamers public sale.
The 24-year-old had listed his base worth as Rs 40 lakh heading into the public sale. Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings had a bidding warfare for Meredith, however in the long run, the pacer was picked up by Preity Zinta’s franchise. He has scalped 47 wickets in 37 T20 matches.
Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra additionally overlooked ICC World No.1 Rank batsman Dawid Malan owing to his batting place. The England opening batsman was purchased for Rs 1 crore in IPL 2021 public sale.
Aakash Chopra’s Punjab Kings enjoying XI
He feels that Chris Gayle ought to open the innings with KL Rahul whereas Mayank Agarwal ought to bat No.3. The latter two opened the innings and carried out remarkably properly until an damage compelled Punjab Kings to open with Gayle. He additionally grabbed the chance with each arms.
Chopra selected to go forward with West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran at No. 4 and Deepak Hooda at No.5. It was adopted by Aussie all-rounder Moises Henriques at No.6.
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“I will be going with KL Rahul and Gayle as the openers, Mayank Agarwal at No.3, Pooran at No.4, Hooda at No.5, and Moises Henriques at No.6. You should please play Henriques as he will add that balance to your side,” Chopra stated on his YouTube channel.
He believes that new recruit ShahRukh Khan, Mandeep Singh or Sarfaraz Khan can play at No.7 because the trio received’t make any distinction to crew steadiness.
“At No.7, you can have anyone. You can play Shahrukh, Mandeep, or Sarfaraz – whoever you play it won’t make any difference. But if you have this kind of batting, you can play with a lot of freedom, something that they should do this season,” Chopra added.
He selected Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Shami and Jhye Richardson as his 4 bowling choices for Punjab Kings.
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Punjab Kings are set to open their IPL 2021 marketing campaign towards Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 12.
Punjab Kings IPL 2021 squad
KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar
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