Aakash Chopra Reckons Rusty Ravindra Jadeja Hits CSK Hard In IPL 2020

Aakash Chopra Reckons Rusty Ravindra Jadeja Hits CSK Hard In IPL 2020

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja (Credits: IPL)

Aakash Chopra, the former Indian opener-turned-commentator has mentioned that Ravindra Jadeja’s expensive spells have hit the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) hard as they do not have a sixth bowling option in their playing XI.

Chopra made this observation while analysing the Chennai-based franchise’s IPL 2020 defeat to Delhi Capitals (DC) in a video shared on his YouTube channel.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Facebook)

Aakash Chopra: CSK Played With 5 Bowlers

Aakash Chopra pointed out that CSK were playing with just five bowlers in their playing XI because of the issues with their batting. These have been concerned by Ambati Rayudu’s absence and MS Dhoni yet to reach the prime form.

“MS Dhoni is playing with 5 bowlers for the first time in my living memory, which he doesn’t like. He is concerned about his batting, he is even more worried because of Ambati Rayudu’s absence. He is not a 100% confident about his own form,” Aakash Chopra stated.

He added that MS Dhoni is not confident of playing six bowlers as some of the top-order batsmen are not amongst the runs with the exception of Faf Du Plessis, who is the leading run-scorer in IPL so far with 173 runs averaging a decent 86.50.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“With Ruturaj in the batting lineup and Murali Vijay also not scoring runs, he is not certain if he can play 6 bowlers.”

The reputed commentator observed that going in with only five bowling options has hurt CSK much as they do not have a backup option for Ravindra Jadeja, who has been quite expensive in the three matches so far.

“And if you play 5 bowlers, then if you see Jaddu’s situation in this whole season, he has conceded more than 40 runs in all the three matches. If he is going to leak so many runs and you have got nowhere else to go, that is very unlike Dhoni but it is happening.”

Ravindra Jadeja has gone for 126 runs in three matches and could pick only two wickets averaging a high 63 and conceding runs at an economy rate of 10.5.

Aakash Chopra: CSK Is Struggling As A Team As Suresh Raina And Harbhajan Singh’s Absence Is Felt

While talking about CSK’s batting in the first two games, Aakash Chopra opined that MS Dhoni’s batting slot is understandable considering the positions the other batsmen need to bat at.

“If I talk about MS Dhoni’s batting order, where will you play Ruturaj and Murali Vijay. What will you gain by sending Kedar Jadhav down the order. I can understand where Dhoni is batting and why he is batting there.”

The former KKR player pointed out that CSK’s top-order batsmen barring in form Faf du Plessis have been found wanting, with their leading run-scorer Suresh Raina‘s absence clearly felt.

Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh
Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh

“But the top order is struggling except Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson will eventually get runs, so I am not too worried. But I am more than slightly worried about Murali Vijay and Ruturaj. They are missing Suresh Raina.”

On the bowling front, the 43-year-old commentator Aakash Chopra observed that veteran Harbhajan Singh’s presence would have helped CSK, and added that Imran Tahir cannot be accommodated considering the balance of the playing XI.

“If Harbhajan Singh had been there, he would have provided more strength to their bowling as he is an Indian bowler. If they want to play Tahir, they will have to keep an overseas bowler out.”

He highlighted that pacer Josh Hazlewood was a good inclusion and Sam Curran has been delivering well but Aakash Chopra signed off by stating that CSK are in a spot of bother currently.

“Hazlewood was a good choice and Sam Curran is doing a fairly good job but CSK is struggling as a team at this point of time.”

Chennai Super Kings had the most auspicious start to their campaign in IPL 2020. Although they won their first match against Mumbai Indians they have dished out a couple of disappointing performances thereafter against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals. They will have to improve quickly in all aspects if they do not want to fall too far behind in the race for the playoff spots.

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