The former Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra has questioned Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy ahead of the last two consecutive Delhi Capitals’ encounters. As their last defeat came against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Chopra finds it unbelievable and said that he did not think if he would have to say this in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as Iyer’s captaincy skills are worthy.
He praised Nitish Rana who played an incredible inning despite losing his father recently and exposed the fact that the player was seeing opening for the second time in the matches covered yet.
Aakash Chopra questions Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy on the rare defeat against KKR
Here are the questions he has raised on Iyer’s captaincy and the statements he made analyzing the last two encounters.
“It was quite strange that KKR decimated the Delhi Capitals after having been annihilated themselves in their previous match.”
“Nitish Rana deserves applause for the manner in which he played after having lost his father-in-law. He was probably opening for just the second time in his IPL career but batted very well. He kept batting till the end although wickets kept falling at the other
“Sunil Narine made 64 runs off 32 balls and in the end they managed to put up a total beyond 190, which is a lot of runs, what did Delhi Capitals do.”
“So, here there is a huge question mark on Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy. Now it has happened in two consecutive matches, Tushar Deshpande bowls his full quota of overs and gives 40 runs in his four overs, a similar thing happened in the last match.”
Aakash wanted to see Axar Patel bowling but after seeing out of form Ashwin in place of him, he was dissatisfied.
“This time Axar bowled just the one over in which he conceded 7 runs. Please don’t tell me that there were two left-handers in front of him because he has an economy of 6.5 per over against left-handers this year. So will a left-arm spinner not bowl against the left-handed batsman.”
“I am slightly surprised with Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy errors in consecutive matches. I never thought I will say that this season because in general, his captaincy has been very good.”
“Pant is misfiring because you have hopes from him. There was a partnership between Iyer and Pant where Iyer was trying but Pant was not seen hitting at all. It seemed his form is far away from him.”
“That is not the kind of Pant innings we know. His strike rate has not been good this year. His average might be alright but his ability to hit is not coming to the fore and if that happens, it will not work out.”