IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra Puzzled With KXIP Team Selection

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Aakash Chopra, the previous Indian opener turned commentator is puzzled with Kings XI Punjab’s choice coverage of New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham when he neither bowls within the powerplay nor the demise overs for them.

James Neesham performed his third match for KXIP in opposition to Mumbai Indians on Thursday which they misplaced by 48 runs in Abu Dhabi. He conceded 52 runs from his 4 overs and scored simply seven runs in KXIP’s second successive defeat in IPL 2020.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Picture Credit score: Fb)

James Neesham Is Neither A Correct Batsman Nor A Dying Bowler: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra due to this fact, questioned KXIP’s staff mixture as he couldn’t perceive what function James Neesham is taking part in of their taking part in XI.

“They play Neesham, an abroad quick bowler, who neither bowls within the powerplay nor within the demise overs. He’s neither an ideal finisher nor a giant batsman who bats within the high 4 or 5. So why is Kings XI Punjab taking part in him? You’re taking part in a participant who will not be actually a match-winner,” Chopra mentioned on his Youtube channel.

Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham. Picture Credit score: Getty Photographs.

Chris Jordan performed KXIP’s first match in opposition to DC which the latter received in Tremendous Over. James Neesham performed the second match in opposition to RCB the place he didn’t bat and bowled solely 2 overs conceding 13 runs as KXIP beat RCB by 97 runs as KL Rahul scored a century.

Within the subsequent match, Mayank Agarwal of KXIP scored a ton however the staff misplaced to RR as they didn’t defend even 223. James Neesham leaked 40 runs in addition to choosing 1 wicket. He once more conceded 52 runs in opposition to MI as his staff misplaced by 48 runs. In three matches, he has scored solely 7 runs and picked 1 wicket conceding 105 runs in IPL 2020.

KXIP Not Enjoying The Proper Workforce As They Are But To Play Mujeeb Ur Rahman: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra urged KXIP to repair the failings of their taking part in XI, particularly their bowling assault which is wanting demise bowlers, for the upcoming matches.

“Very first thing is that Kings XI Punjab will not be taking part in the correct staff. Truthfully, they’re the one staff on the earth the place Mujeeb will not be in a position to make it to the taking part in XI after being within the squad.”

Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Credit: ICC

“They bowled Sheldon Cottrell firstly and completed his quota of overs earlier than the 15th over. What kind of bowling is that, it’s a must to get him to the demise. In any other case, who will bowl on the demise, Jimmy Neesham and Krishnappa Gowtham with Mohammed Shami.”

“Shami will not be India’s gun demise bowler after which they offer the 20th over to Gowtham, an off-spinner within the 20th over. You don’t even give that over to Sunil Narine, Ravichandran Ashwin or Harbhajan Singh these days and also you gave it to Gowtham,” Aakash Chopra mentioned.

KXIP began their marketing campaign with a defeat in opposition to Delhi Capitals in Tremendous Over. Then they received in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs however then suffered back-to-back losses in opposition to Rajasthan Royals (four wickets) and MI (48 runs) to drop all the way down to seventh place on the factors desk.

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