Aakash Chopra, a former Indian batsman, has predicted his top 5 overseas performers before the start of IPL 2021.
The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to kick off in a few days. The first match of the new season will be played on April 9th between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.
Aakash Chopra: David Warner Adapts To Indian Conditions As If He’s Making His Tik Tok Videos
Teams are looking to finalize their best combination for the new season as there have been some changes due to the IPL auctions that took place in February.
“He (David Warner) is a very strong player. Although let’s be honest, his first nine matches will be on grounds that might not suit him that much, but he won’t be affected by that. He’s got this unique ability that despite being an Australian, he adapts to Indian conditions as if he’s making his Tik Tok videos.
“You’ll once again find him scoring 400-500 runs. We saw last year that he can change his gears and play carefully which is what’s required early on this season,” said Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.
David Warner has scored in excess of 500 runs in six consecutive seasons and Aakash Chopra has tipped him to continue with the streak this time around. David Warner captained SRH to their maiden tournament win in 2016. He was the second-highest run-scorer for them in their title-winning effort with a monumental 848 runs at a strike rate of 151.42 averaging 60.57. He amassed 641 runs in IPL 2017, 692 runs in IPL 2019, and 548 runs in IPL 2020.
Aakash Chopra Picks Rashid Khan, AB De Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, And Nicholas Pooran To Do Well
The second player that Aakash Chopra has picked is David Warner’s SRH teammate Rashid Khan. Rashid Khan has been outstanding ever since he made his debut in the IPL and with SRH set to play 9 of their 14 league matches on spin-friendly tracks of Chennai and Delhi, the former opener has tipped him to win the purple cap in IPL 2021.
“I feel he (Rashid Khan) is going to do something special. He is a sensational player. Five matches are in Chennai, and four matches are in Delhi, and he”ll find a lot of turn on both the pitches. He has also played a lot more cricket recently than his counterparts, so he’ll be ready. My prediction is he’ll be the purple cap holder this season as well”.
Any overseas top-performers list can’t get complete without the inclusion of Mr 360 AB de Villiers. Aakash Chopra has requested the RCB think-tank to not read much into the match-ups by not sending him against leg-spinners.
“He (AB de Villiers) is a man from a different planet. We all feel he’s taking a risk, but he does the impossible very easily. I have a request for RCB – don’t go into matchups, like not sending him against leg spinners.”
Marcus Stoinis finally was at his best in the IPL last year as he came up with match-winning performances with both bat and ball. With Shreyas Iyer, not there this time around, Aakash Chopra believes that the Australian all-rounder will have a huge role to play this time around for the 2020 IPL runners-up.
“The best of Marcus Stoinis came in the last season, and I think he’s going to continue in the same fashion. He’ll have more responsibility this season because Shreyas Iyer isn’t there.”
Aakash Chopra concluded the list with exciting West Indies and Punjab King’s southpaw Nicholas Pooran. Nicholas Pooran showed glimpses of his precocious talent last time around but Aakash Chopra believes that if PBKS have to well this time around then he will have to play a bigger role than IPL 2020.
“Nicholas Pooran is one of the most fascinating talents to watch. When he’s batting, you actually stop, watch and admire. I expect Punjab Kings to do a lot better this season, and for that to happen, Nicholas Pooran will be imperative,” Chopra concluded.
RCB has spent much of their money on AB De Villiers, Kyle Jamieson, and Glenn Maxwell, KKR on Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Pat Cummins, and Rajasthan Royals on Ben Stokes, Chris Morris, and Jofra Archer.
Shimron Hetmyer’s T20 numbers don’t reflect his true potential. Adam Milne’s pace can be his X-factor. Moeen Ali’s hitting prowess and picking scalps will be quite useful. Glenn Maxwell is a skilled T20 batsman. The right-handed batsman Fabian Allen is quite useful against medium-pacers in the lower order. They can also fire in IPL 2021.