Aakash Chopra, the renowned commentator feels that the South African pacer Anrich Nortje will play the role of a game-changer for the first time finalists Delhi Capitals against 4-time IPL winners and defending champions Mumbai Indians, who defeated Delhi in all the three matches in IPL 2020.
Delhi Capitals will battle for winning IPL 2020 against Mumbai Indians in the final of the ongoing 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) on November 10 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Aakash Chopra: Delhi May Actually Go Back To Ajinkya Rahane As Opener To Face Trio Of Pacers Of Mumbai
A positive result for Delhi Capitals will end their 13-year-long wait of lifting their maiden coveted T20 Trophy, while a victory for Mumbai Indians will result in them clinching the title for a record 5 times which no other team have achieved with Chennai Super Kings next placed with 3 titles.
Ahead of the marquee event, the former Indian opener and cricket analyst Aakash Chopra commentated on the strategies that DC should implement to win their maiden IPL crown.
In a video uploaded on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra reckoned that the move of promoting Marcus Stoinis as an opener and the current form of Shimron Hetmyer will benefit the Capitals. It will strengthen their batting line-up and can help them in posting or chasing a big total against Mumbai.
“The Delhi Capitals have got Stoinis to open the batting and Hetmyer has got form. I think there are two very important components of this team,” Aakash Chopra said.
However, the cricket commentator is not confident about Marcus Stoinis opening the innings for DC as he feels that Ajinkya Rahane would be a better choice in front of Mumbai’s lethal pace attack that boasts of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and James Pattinson or Nathan Counter Nile or Mitchell McClenaghan who is yet to play a match.
Aakash Chopra opined that Marcus Stoinis might struggle to get going against these three seamers with the new ball.
“But Stoinis as an opener in front of Mumbai, whose bowling standards are very high, I am not 100% certain if Stoinis will be able to score runs.”
“They may actually go back to Rahane as an opener. I would actually entertain that thought when I see the bowling in front of them – Bumrah, Boult and Pattinson – would it be possible to slog with the new ball, I am not 100% certain,” the 43-year-old stated
Further in the video, Aakash Chopra reckoned that the form of Shikhar Dhawan will be very crucial for Delhi as the team is extensively dependent on their opening batsman. However, Shikhar Dhawan had bagged a duck in the last two games against Mumbai which should concern Delhi. But he has 603 runs in 16 matches and is 2nd highest run-scorer so far after KL Rahul. He also hit two back-to-back centuries in IPL 2020.
“Shikhar Dhawan’s form is very critical for them. We have seen that in the whole season and he had batted well in the last match as well although he had got out for a duck against Mumbai.”
“I am waiting for Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant’s form.Hopefully in this game they will come to the fore and do well.” Chopra added.
The veteran batsman also hopes that the skipper Shreyas Iyer and power-hitter Rishabh Pant will regain their forms in this big match. Shreyas Iyer has scored 454 runs while Rishabh Pant has 287 runs only.
Aakash Chopra: Anrich Nortje May Be Game-Changer With His Pace And Bounce
The renowned commentator feels that the South African pacer Anrich Nortje will play the role of a game-changer for the first time finalists. He also praised the bowling attack that consists of spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel and seamers Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Marcus Stoinis.
“Their bowling is good, with Rabada, Nortje, Ashwin and Axar as four good bowlers and Marcus Stoinis has got that wicket-taking knack. He has done very well but you generally don’t think that he can be the game-changer. I am going with Anrich Nortje.”
“I feel he will give a couple of blows to the Mumbai Indians which will tilt the balance towards the Delhi Capitals. He has got the pace and the bounce and the wickets behind him with Rabada for support.”
Aakash Chopra signed off by picking the Delhi Capitals as the probable IPL 2020 champions.
“I am going with Delhi.”
Delhi lost both league matches and 1st Qualifier against Mumbai but have the winning momentum after defeating Hyderabad in Qualifier 2.