Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra reckons Glenn Maxwell is likely to bring his ego to the fore in his battle against Yuzvendra Chahal during the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 clash against the Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Glenn Maxwell has been dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal on nine occasions – four times in ODIs, thrice in the IPL, and twice in T20Is. The big-hitting Australian is yet to face the leg-spinner in IPL 2022 as he missed the first match between the two sides and was dismissed by Kuldeep Sen for a golden duck in the last encounter.

Aakash Chopra
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Aakash Chopra reckons Glenn Maxwell Will Attack Yuzvendra Chahal In Qualifier 2

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra spoke about some of the key players for RCB in Friday’s encounter. One of the RCB’s top performers this season in the batting department is Aussie middle-order batter Glenn Maxwell who has amassed 277 runs in 12 matches with 1 fifty, a Strike Rate of 167.87, and an average of 27.7.

Rajasthan Royals leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is leading the charts with 26 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 16.63. He has conceded runs at an economy rate of 7.67.

He had the following to say about Glenn Maxwell: “Glenn Maxwell – it is going to be a contest. He will try to hit sixes for sure, he will play with a little ego, he will attack Chahal. He has an amazing strike rate against him but has gotten out as well. You are playing with fire, you will get burnt at times and survive on other occasions.”

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

The cricketer-turned-commentator feels Prasidh Krishna could be the only threat to Virat Kohli.

Aakash Chopra explained: “Kohli has never been dismissed by Boult if we talk about T20s. Prasidh Krishna has dismissed him twice, last time also when he was trying to play a pull shot in Pune.

“He manages everyone else. Chahal used to be in his team, so he has not batted much against him. Ashwin does not bother him. Kohli should be amongst the runs if he manages Prasidh Krishna’s threat.”

Aakash Chopra expects RCB’s opener skipper Faf du Plessis to be amongst the runs if the RCB skipper neutralizes RR pacer Trent Boult’s threat.

He elaborated: “Left-arm seamers have troubled Faf. The golden duck in the last match was against Mohsin Khan, Marco Jansen also dismissed him. If he handles Boult, there are chances of runs coming from Faf’s bat as well.”

Faf du Plessis has scored a total of 52 runs across his two innings against RR in IPL 2022. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has managed just 14 runs in his two knocks against the inaugural IPL champions. Royal Challengers Bangalore stole a victory by 14 runs against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator match of IPL 2022. Batting first in the match, RCB slammed a mammoth 207-4 total with Rajat Patidar’s marvelous 112 not-out.

Aakash Chopra: Mohammed Siraj May Be The Differential Player

Aakash Chopra concluded by picking Mohammed Siraj as the bowler who could make a telling difference in the RCB-RR clash. Dropped in the previous game for Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj came back into the playing XI for RCB in the Eliminator against Luckow.

Mohammed Siraj has not had a particularly good outing in IPL 2022. He has picked up only 9 wickets in 14 matches and has conceded runs at an economy rate of 9.86 runs per over.

He observed: “In the bowling, Mohammed Siraj has dismissed Jos Buttler. Josh Hazlewood has dismissed him once. Siraj dismissed Devdutt Padikkal also in the last match they played against each other. So Siraj, very unknown commodity, could be your differential player.”

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammed Siraj dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin apart from Devdutt Padikkal in the last match between the two sides. However, he went wicketless in their first meeting and was also taken for 43 runs in the four overs he bowled.