Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has mentioned that the Delhi Capitals’ opener Prithvi Shaw and wicketkeeper-batsman Prithvi Shaw’s inconsistency with batting is the concerning factor for the franchise as they move on to play the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday (November 5).
Talking on his YouTube Channel, the renowned commentator opined that he was impressed with his bowling performance with having Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis and Ravichandran Ashwin as their main bowler. He believes that the fifth bowling option performance doesn’t matter much if the four bowlers perform exceptionally well.
“I like their bowling attack a lot. Nortje, Rabada, Ashwin, Axar, Stoinis and then whether they play Daniel Sams or another Indian bowler, it has been actually a very good bowling unit,” Aakash Chopra said.
Aakash Chopra even stated that the comparing the bowling side of DC with MI, the former has more effective bowlers.
“If we do a man-to-man marking, the Delhi Capitals bowling unit looks better to me than the Mumbai Indians. Because they have Rabada’s wicket-taking ability, Nortje is super fast and a wicket-taker and the two spinners are amazing. Earlier it was even better when they had Mishra available as an option.”
Chopra believes that the batting unit has also been satisfactory except the performance of some players have hurted them in the latter half of the tournament.
“The other is their Indian batting core. It has failed in between. I totally get it if you feel how it is a strength,” Aakash Chopra said.
The former Indian opener worries that Prithvi Shaw’s irresponsible knock might bite Delhi Capitals. He also mentioned Rishabh Pant, who after recovering from injury, has gone from bad to worse.
“The weakness is that some of the players have had a slight dip in form in the last little while. I am a little worried about Prithvi Shaw that he goes on playing his shots and plays a high-risk game, doesn’t bother about getting out but he is getting out more often.”
“Rishabh Pant hasn’t really looked himself. So these are the two biggest concerns.”
Talking about the ever-reliable batsman and captain Shreyas Iyer, Aakash Chopra said that the youngster has been leading scorer for them but has not given performance with his calibre.
“Shreyas Iyer has scored more than 400 runs. But the impact knocks from him have been far and few between. So I am expecting more as the standards are high for him,” Aakash Chopra said.
Delhi Capitals have second time qualified for playoffs and are near to their dream to clinch maide IPL trophy.