Gautam Gambhir, former Indian cricketer and two-time IPL winner for KKR was asked to name his playing XI for Delhi Capitals for the match, and he picked Prithvi Shaw in the team and left out Ajinkya Rahane in a pre-match analysis video chat on ESPNCricinfo,
In last six games he has played for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League 2020, Prithvi Shaw has been dismissed thrice for a duck. He has scored figures of 7,9 and 10 in the remaining three games failing even to reach double digits. This is a testament to show Prithvi Shaw’s poor run of form in recent days.
Debate To Select Batsman Ajinkya Rahane Or Prithvi Shaw As Opener
The right-handed batsman has struggled to get going as he has only 228 runs in 13 games averaging a dismal 17.53. On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane, too, has been dismissed twice for a duck in last six games.
He averages a pathetic 15.85 in 7 appearances but scored a match-winning 60 against Royal Challengers Bangalore last week. So, the question is the selection of opener in the do-or-die game of Delhi Capitals against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2nd Qualifier on Sunday. Delhi Capitals depend on Shikhar Dhawan who is 3rd among highest run-scorers in IPL 2020 amassing 525 runs averaging 43.75 in 15 matches and became the only player to hit back to back centuries.
Gautam Gambhir Wants An Impact Player
In a pre-match analysis video chat on ESPNCricinfo, former India cricketer and 2-time IPL winning skipper Gautam Gambhir was asked to name his playing XI for DC for the match, and he picked Prithvi Shaw in the team and left out Ajinkya Rahane. On being asked about the reasons for the same, Gautam Gambhir explained that Ajinkya Rahane is not an impactful player at no. 3 position.
“I want an impact player on top, especially in a must-win game. I know Prithvi Shaw has not been in good form, but even Ajinkya Rahane is not in supreme form as of now,” he said.
“Plus, if you make Rahane bat at no. 3, he is not an impactful player in that position. You can make Rahane open the innings but if I have to choose a player to open the innings between Rahane and Shaw – and look at the bowling line-up, I will go with Shaw and give him one more chance. If he bats for 6 overs, I am sure I will get the start I need,” Gambhir further said.
DC and SRH will battle it out in the 2nd Qualifier on Sunday, and the winner between the two will face Mumbai Indians in the final on Tuesday. He expects Prithvi Shaw to start well as an opener as Ajinkya Rahane is not an impactful player at No. 3.