Umesh Yadav was severely criticized by former Indian opener and commentator Aakash Chopra for his wayward bowling for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the match against KXIP in IPL 2020, even calling him more expensive than gold. He made this remark while reviewing the Bangalore-based franchise’s loss to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a video shared on his YouTube channel.
KL Rahul scored unbeaten 132 as KXIP posted 206/3 while RCB were bundled out for 109 as Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin bowled equally well. The bowlers of RCB like Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav were too expensive by their standards while no RCB batsmen scored more than 30.
Aakash Chopra Praises KL Rahul For Century And Spinners Ravi Bishnoi And Murugan Ashwin For Bowling Brilliantly
Aakash Chopra heaped lavish praise on KXIP skipper KL Rahul for his valiant knock that had left everyone from experts to fans awestruck.
“Let us first talk about KL Rahul’s batting. He is absolutely sensational. The way he plays both surprises and delights you.”
The renowned commentator also praised the 20-year-old leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi for his spell on the RCB batsmen, coming back strongly after having bowled a slightly expensive first over where he went for 15 runs.
“If we talk about Ravi Bishnoi, he has been the standout performer. He got hit by Aaron Finch in his first over but came back and took wickets. He has been very consistent.”
He also appreciated Murugan Ashwin for bagging three wickets including the crucial wicket of AB de Villiers, one of RCB’s batting mainstays.
“Murugan Ashwin, who was played in this match, took 3 wickets with the big wicket being that of AB de Villiers of a wide delivery.”
Aakash Chopra observed that KL Rahul, Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin simply took apart the RCB challenge and helped KXIP sit atop the points table with better run-rate.
“The three of them together destroyed RCB and have taken KXIP to the top of the points table.”
Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin picked 3 wickets apiece while KL Rahul scored 132 not out which is the highest individual score by an Indian batsman.
Umesh Yadav Was Ordinary And Dale Steyn Not A Good Death Bowler: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra criticized RCB skipper Virat Kohli for not managing their bowling resources properly.
“Talking about Virat Kohli’s captaincy, the way he jumbled up the bowling order I was not convinced.”
The former KKR player came down hard on the Indian pacer Umesh Yadav for his wayward bowling for RCB which was quite unexpected from an international cricketer.
“Umesh Yadav’s overs are more expensive than gold these days. We expect a lot more from Umesh Yadav as an India bowler.”
Aakash Chopra questioned Virat Kohli for leaving the death overs to pacer Dale Steyn, with the latter no longer proficient in bowling at that stage.
“Dale Steyn was okay at the start but he cannot bowl at the end. If you keep his 2 overs for the end, you will be struggling.”
He also criticized the RCB captain for not keeping some overs of his best bowlers for the latter stages of the KXIP innings when the batsmen were set.
“The way Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal were used, they had only one over each in the last 7 overs.”
The 43-year-old even hit out at Virat Kohli for giving the last over of the KXIP innings to inexperienced Shivam Dube, apart from the RCB captain’s two dropped catches that cost the team dearly.
“Shivam Dube bowled well but he should not be bowling your 20th over. RCB conceded 74 runs in the last 4 overs and Kohli dropped two crucial and easy catches of KL Rahul and they had to pay for it.”
Aakash Chopra signed off by observing that KL Rahul’s whirlwind innings had helped KXIP to outclass RCB.
“KL Rahul’s brilliance made it an absolutely one-sided match.”
Both Umesh Yadav and Dale Steyn have been expensive, especially at death overs, in the two matches which RCB have played in the IPL 2020.
While Umesh Yadav conceded 48 runs against SRH, he gave away 35 runs off 3 overs in the second game and went wicket-less. Dale Steyn though picked up one wicket against SRH but he conceded as much as 57 runs in the next game.
RCB might consider replacing them with the pacers Mohammed Siraj and Isuru Udana in their next encounter if injured South African all-rounder Chris Morris remains unavailable.