IPL 2020: Shielding AB de Villiers Against Leg-Spinners Was Not Right Thing To Do – Aakash Chopra

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Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has closely criticised Royal Challengers Banglaore for sending AB de Villiers to bat within the 17th over in opposition to KXIP on Thursday within the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

Opting to bat in Sharjah, Royal Challengers Bangalore set the goal of 172 runs on the lack of six wickets. In reply, Kings XI Punjab chased down within the final ball of the innings by hitting a six.

IPL 2020: Shielding AB de Villiers Against Leg-Spinners Was Not Right Thing To Do - Aakash Chopra 1
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers (Picture Credit score: IPL)

Whereas reviewing the match between RCB and KXIP, the famend commentator began by questioning RCB’s technique to ship AB de Villiers down the order to defend him in opposition to leg-spinners.

“The place was AB de Villiers. He was not despatched, he was being shielded in opposition to the leg-spinners. Is that the appropriate factor to do?”

Chopra defined that de Villiers performed a fiery knock on the identical floor within the final encounter when everybody was struggling to attain runs. So, as per him, he didn’t discover any logic to ship the proteas to bat even after Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube.

“I imply they stored AB de Villiers within the dugout until most likely the 17th over, a participant who was in a unique league altogether within the final match when everybody else was struggling.”

Aakash Chopra on penalties of sending AB de Villiers down on the down order:

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Picture Credit score: IPL.

Aakash Chopra acknowledged that de Villiers struggled in opposition to leg-spinner however sending him down the batting order led RCB ended up 20-25 runs brief of their closing whole.

“AB de Villiers has been dismissed by leg-spinners few occasions, he has a median of one thing like 6-6.5 in opposition to the googly and has been out 7 occasions, so simply due to the numbers sending him so low down within the batting order meant that RCB ended up 20-25 runs brief.

The previous cricketer added that the RCB lower-order power-hitting within the final over tells that the goal might have been 180-190 if they’d adopted the appropriate batting order. Ultimately, he reiterates that it was not the appropriate technique to ship AB de Villiers down the order.

“You could have reached a rating of 171 on the finish however that was by no means going to be sufficient. You managed to attain 24 runs within the final over, so that you reached that rating but when 24 runs will be scored within the final over implies that this pitch was perhaps not 200, however a 185-190 kind of pitch with the form of batting that Bangalore has.”

“So, based on me this technique to carry AB de Villiers again simply didn’t work out,” Aakash Chopra added.

AB de Villiers was out after scoring a few runs. Chris Morris’s power-hitting on the finish helped RCB submit 171 runs on the board.

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