Aakash Chopra Questions Whether KKR Contemplate Making Shakib Al Hasan The Skipper For The Remaining Games Of IPL 2021
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Aakash Chopra Questions Whether KKR Contemplate Making Shakib Al Hasan The Skipper For The Remaining Games Of IPL 2021

Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)

Aakash Chopra has proposed an unconventional solution to Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) problems in IPL 2021 regarding their position in the points table and skipper Eoin Morgan’s poor form.

The cricketer-turned-commentator suggested KKR to contemplate making Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan the captain for the rest of the tournament. Aakash Chopra said he has “nothing against” Eoin Morgan and explained that Shakib Al Hasan will provide KKR’s playing XIs with more balance with his all-around ability.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Questions Whether KKR Contemplate Making Shakib Al Hasan The Skipper For The Remaining Games

Aakash Chopra’s comments came in light of KKR’s defeat to Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Dubai on Friday which landed a major blow to the two-time champions’ dreams of finishing in the top-four. Eoin Morgan came to bat at a crucial juncture in the game but registered single-digit scores. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan’s lack of form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been a talking point in the ongoing season.

In the last five matches, since the resumption of IPL 2021, Eoin Morgan has failed to cross the double digits. He has contributed only 7,8,0 and 2 in the last 4 innings at the UAE leg. His tally for the tournament now reads at 107 runs from 11 matches at 11.89, including single-digit scores in all UAE-leg games so far.

Aakash Chopra wrote on Twitter: “Desperate times, desperate measures. Can #KKR contemplate making Shakib the captain for the remaining games? Nothing against Morgan but if runs aren’t coming, they simply aren’t. Can happen to the best of players. Shakib would give a few overs alongside his batting. Thoughts?”

Eoin Morgan, Aakash Chopra and Shakib Al Hasan (from left to right).
Eoin Morgan, Aakash Chopra, and Shakib Al Hasan (from left to right).

Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan hasn’t played a game in the UAE. He played in three games during the first phase of IPL 2021 in India but failed to make any notable impact – 38 runs at 12.67 and two wickets via his left-arm off-spin from three games. Picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011, he was an important part of their two title-winning sides in 2012 and 2014. In the 2012 final, his calm cameo at the end helped Kolkata clinch the title.

Aakash Chopra: Eoin Morgan Is The Weak Link In The Batting

Aakash Chopra had also spoken about Eoin Morgan’s form before Friday’s match. The former opener called the Englishman the “weak link” in the KKR batting order who needs to introspect and get his bat to “do the talking.”
The 2019 World Cup-winning captain like Shakib Al Hasan made a return to the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020 after being one of the top buys for KKR in the 2020 IPL Auction. He also took over captaincy duties from Dinesh Karthik mid-season in 2020.

Aakash Chopra told ESPNcricinfo: “Morgan’s bat should do the talking but unfortunately that has not been the case. If the captain of your team comes to bat at No.4 or No.5 meaning that if he is the engine room of your team but he is the weak link in the batting then it is time to look inwards and understand that scoring runs is important. He makes this team a bit weak because there is no movement in the middle order except when Nitish Rana or Dinesh Karthik does it.”

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan  Twitter/@KKRiders

KKR is still placed fourth in the points table but needs to win their remaining two matches, while simultaneously hoping for at least one defeat each to PBKS, Mumbai Indians (MI), and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

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