Aakash Chopra, a former Indian opener and commentator, has opined that Delhi Capitals can play all Indian batsmen in Top 5 but also noted that opener Prithvi Shaw could win the match for them if he bats for 10 overs but lamented the fact that he has been unable to last even ten deliveries as his form hasn’t been consistent.
He made this observation while analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the Shreyas Iyer led-side ahead of their IPL 2020 Qualifier 2 clash against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a video shared on his YouTube channel.
Aakash Chopra: Delhi Capitals Only Team To Play All Indian Batsmen In Top 5 And Have A Strong Pace Attack Too
Aakash Chopra picked the Delhi Capitals’ ability to play an all-Indian top five as their biggest strength as it allows them to play overseas bowlers.
“The Delhi Capitals’ biggest strength pre-tournament which is still there is that they can play all Indian batsmen in the top 5. Dhawan can open with Prithvi Shaw followed by Rahane, Iyer and Pant. No other team can do that.”
The reputed commentator pointed out that the Delhi Capitals bowling attack is their other advantage. However, they have been hampered a little due to the injuries to spinner Amit Mishra and pacer Ishant Sharma, both of whom were ruled out of IPL after suffering injuries.
“Their bowling is their other strength where they have Anrich Nortje and Rabada along with two excellent spinners in Ashwin and Axar Patel. They had Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma as well but they have had a few injury issues.”
He concluded that the Delhi Capitals seem to be a solid team, going by their all-round depth in both batting led by opener Shikhar Dhawan who is 3rd among leading run-scorers so far and bowling led by pacer Kagiso Rabada who has 25 wickets and is 2nd leading among bowlers.
“So, the Delhi Capitals have depth both in their batting and bowling. So it looks like a very good team.”
Skipper Shreyas Iyer has 433 runs averaging 30.92 in 15 matches. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis has 314 runs in 15 matches averaging 26.16. Rishabh Pant has an average of 28.5 while Prithvi Shaw has a below-par average of 17.53. Only Shikhar Dhawan is the silver lining and has 525 runs in 15 matches averaging 43.75. Ajinkya Rahane has 111 runs in 7 matches averaging only 15.85 and hasn’t contributed in most matches apart from 60 against RCB.
Aakash Chopra: Prithvi Shaw Who Is Unable To Last Even 10 Deliveries May Perform Better Against Less Menacing Hyderabad Attack
Aakash Chopra highlighted the poor form of the Delhi Capitals batsmen as their major area of concern, with Prithvi Shaw looking totally out of sorts.
“The complete lack of form of the Delhi Capitals batsmen is working against them. If we talk about Prithvi Shaw’s form, it is missing, we don’t know where it is and a missing report will have to be to be written for it.”
The former KKR player pointed out that if Prithvi Shaw bats for half the innings, he could win the match for the Delhi Capitals, but stated that he is not able to last even a couple of overs currently.
“He needs to come back in form as there are a lot of expectations from him. Because the manner in which he plays, if he plays 10 overs the match will be in their grasp but the problem is that he is not able to survive 10 balls also.”
Aakash Chopra hoped that the debutant Test centurion might be able to perform better against a less menacing SunRisers Hyderabad bowling attack.
“The opposition team does not have that aggressive a pace bowling attack, so I hope that it actually works out for him.”
Talking about the other Delhi Capitals batsmen, the 43-year-old observed that Ajinkya Rahane has also played just the solitary significant innings.
“Ajinkya Rahane has played just the one good knock in the entire IPL although he has not played all the matches, he got out early in the other matches,” he added.
He added that the Delhi Capitals skipper has also not been amongst the runs in the crucial stage of the tournament, with Rishabh Pant not being his former self.
“Shreyas Iyer has lost his form towards the business end of the tournament and Pant never got his form,” he stated.
Aakash Chopra concluded by pointing out that Delhi Capitals batting has been overly dependent on Shikhar Dhawan to deliver with the bat.
“Whenever Shikhar Dhawan scores runs, the team looks good but when he doesn’t score the team fizzles out,” Aakash Chopra remarked.
While Shikhar Dhawan is amongst the highest run-getters in IPL 2020, the other Delhi Capitals batsmen have failed to fire, especially in the last few matches.