Aakash Chopra: Shreyas Iyer's Captaincy Found Wanting

Aakash Chopra: Shreyas Iyer’s Captaincy Found Wanting

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Credit: IPL

Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener turned commentator was of the opinion that Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy has been found wanting especially in the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) last two games in IPL 2020.

He made this observation while he reviewed the Delhi-based team’s heavy defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a video shared on his YouTube channel.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Aakash Chopra: Nitish Rana Deserves Praise As Kolkata Knight Riders Scored More Than 190 After Failure To Reach 100 In the Last Match

Aakash Chopra pointed out that Kolkata Knight Riders managed to turn things around by inflicting a massive defeat on the 2nd placed Delhi Capitals by scoring in excess of 190 after having themselves suffered a similar fate in their last encounter against RCB where they managed only 84/8 in stipulated 20 overs after the top-order collapse.

“It was quite strange that KKR decimated the Delhi Capitals after having been annihilated themselves in their previous match.”

The reputed commentator lauded Nitish Rana for opening just the second time in IPL and batting extremely well for his 81 off 53 balls after a family bereavement.

“Nitish Rana deserves applause for the manner in which he played after having lost his father-in-law. He was probably opening for just the second time in his IPL career but batted very well. He kept batting till the end although wickets kept falling at the other end.”

Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana

He also appreciated comeback man all-rounder Sunil Narine’s enterprising knock of 64, with the Delhi Capitals allowing KKR to reach an imposing score as Tushar Deshpande, Marcus Stoinis and Ravichandran Ashwin were hammered by the KKR batsmen as they conceded more than 10 runs per over.

“Sunil Narine made 64 runs off 32 balls and in the end they managed to put up a total beyond 190, which is a lot of runs, what did Delhi Capitals do.”

KKR scored 194/6 after the duo of Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine formed a 4th wicket partnership of 115 runs.

Aakash Chopra: Tushar Deshpande Bowling 4 Overs And Axar Patel Bowling 1 Over Is Surprising And Questionable

Aakash Chopra highlighted the captaincy mistakes committed by skipper Shreyas Iyer in the last couple of matches as Tushar Deshpande bowled full quota of 4 overs conceding 40 runs. He conceded more than 40 runs in only 2 overs in the previous match against Kings XI Punjab.

“So, here there is a huge question mark on Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy. Now it has happened in two consecutive matches, Tushar Deshpande bowls his full quota of overs and gives 40 runs in his four overs, similar thing happened in the last match.”

The former KKR player also questioned the skipper’s decision to give just a solitary over to spinner Axar Patel against KKR, despite the latter’s excellent record against left-handed batsmen in IPL 2020 as both Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine were left-handers.

“This time Axar bowled just the one over in which he conceded 7 runs. Please don’t tell me that there were two left-handers in front of him because he has an economy of 6.5 per over against left-handers this year. So will a left-arm spinner not bowl against left-handed batsman.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Aakash Chopra added that Mumbai born Shreyas Iyer’s decisions in the last two matches have astonished him, as he had led the Delhi Capitals team well till then.

“I am slightly surprised with Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy errors in consecutive matches. I never thought I will say that this season because in general, his captaincy has been very good.”

Aakash Chopra also highlighted the lack of form shown by Rishabh Pant, with the Delhi Capitals wicketkeeper-batsman not looking to fire against the bowling and preferred to be subdued instead.

“Pant is misfiring because you have hopes from him. There was a partnership between Iyer and Pant where Iyer was trying but Pant was not seen hitting at all. It seemed his form is far away from him.”

The 43-year-old commentator signed off by stating that the dashing Delhi Capitals middle-order batsman who is renowned for stroke play has not shown the destructive side of his batting in IPL 2020.

“That is not the kind of Pant innings we know. His strike rate has not been good this year. His average might be alright but his ability to hit is not coming to the fore and if that happens, it will not work out.”

Rishabh Pant managed to score just 27 runs off 33 deliveries. The usually explosive left-hander has scored a meagre 217 runs in the eight matches played this season at a below-par strike rate of 117.29 averaging 31.

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