Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra in his recent Youtube video explained the impact of the absence of England players on various IPL teams. The England Cricket Board in a statement has said that they will not send their players in the remaining half of the season due to national commitments. He also said that teals like Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals would be most affected by this.
ECB Director of Cricket Ashley Giles has already said that they have a busy international schedule from June onwards and the players are unlikely to be available for the remainder of the suspended IPL if it’s rescheduled this year. In his latest YouTube video, Chopra said that RR will be most concerned as they have three top-notch players from England. They will miss the likes of Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler for the remainder of the tournament. All three are a big part of their core group with Sanju Samson in the mix.
“Rajasthan Royals will be the most concerned. They have Buttler, Stokes and Archer. Stokes and Archer had gone because of injuries but when it happens later, they will become fit but will not be available,” said Chopra.
Aakash Chopra On Absence of England Players For Second Half of IPL 2021
Moeen Ali and Sam Curran played pivotal roles for CSK in the first half of IPL 2021 and Aakash Chopra said that their absence will hurt the team big time.
“The second team who will be at a loss is CSK. If white-ball cricket is happening at the time, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran will not be available. Moeen Ali was being played at No.3 and bowling a little bit. You get Sam Curran to bowl with the new ball and at the death and promote him in the batting order at times,” said Chopra.
Speaking about Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chopra said that they will miss the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy who was roped in as a replacement for the side. Warner and Bairstow were the batting mainstays for the side and the absence of the latter would mean added pressure on Warner to score more.
“They have two brilliant performers in Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. SRH didn’t play Roy and Bairstow has been consistent with the bat. If Warner is falling out of favour, you want Jason Roy. Your batting top-order is all overseas and in case if Bairstow is unavailable, you would like to have Roy along with Warner, Williamson and Rashid Khan. But that’s not possible now” said Chopra speaking off the possible team combinations for the side.