After Rajasthan Royals lost the must-win match against SunRisers Hyderabad, Aakash Chopra has criticized RR’s batting order in the IPL 2020. He stated that their batting line up is beyond his understanding and has baffled him.
Rajasthan Royals set up an undaunting 155 runs target against SunRisers Hyderabad who comfortably chased down it with eight wickets in hand.
Reviewing the performance of RR, Aakash Chopra pointed out that the Royals batting order has been a disorder this season. He criticises RR’s team management for not fully utilising Jos Buttler by sending him down the order.
According to former Indian cricketer, the wicketkeeper-batsman should have been sent to open while Ben Stokes, who has not managed to fire at the start, should be demoted.
“Rajasthan Royals have an issue that their batting order is actually a disorder. Their batting order is beyond my understanding at this point in time because Jos Buttler, who is their best player is being sent at No.4 while they are opening with Ben Stokes, whose bat is not firing.”
Aakash Chopra jokes Ben Stokes was batting like him:
Ben Stokes struggled to time the ball and hit sixes. He scored laborious 32 runs off 30 balls by taking singles and scoring boundaries. Chopra mentioned that all-rounder had not struck a six despite having faced more than a hundred deliveries. He jokingly added that stokes was batting like him.
“The extent to which Ben Stokes’ bat has not been firing can be understood the fact that he has played more than 100 deliveries and he is yet to hit a six. They have signed Ben Stokes and not Aakash Chopra that he is scoring with just the fours and singles.”
As Ben Stokes’ slow innings have caused trouble for RR to find a proper momentum, Chopra said that it also had led Sanju Samson to threw away his wicket in an attempt to release pressure.
“Rajasthan Royals had expectations from Ben Stokes but he is not able to deliver there but the entire innings is becoming slow. Because of that Sanju Samson plays a bad shot to get out as the pressure is mounting.”
Aakash Chopra has opined that Jos Buttler should have been sent above in order to give a proper base to Rajasthan Royals.
“By the time Steve Smith comes to bat, the match is almost going out of their hands and in such a situation if Jos Buttler gets out, already you have reduced his effectiveness by giving him less overs to bat, then your whole boat sinks.”
After the defeat against SRH, Royals are lying in the seventh position in the points table and their dream to qualify for playoffs have run out.