Former Indian batsmen Aakash Chopra is coming up thick and fast with his prediction videos for IPL 2021. The former Indian opener has been busy analysing the strength and weakness of all the eight teams ahead of the season. In his most recent video that he has uploaded on his official Facebook page, Chopra has predicted his who will win the purple cap in IPL 2021.
The cricketer-turned-commentator, in a video uploaded on his Facebook page, listed Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan as his favorite to end up as the season’s highest wicket-taker. He also opined that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid’s SRH teammate, and Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah will also be in the reckoning.
“I am going with Rashid Khan. His chances of picking the most wickets are bright this season. Amongst the fast bowlers, you could look at Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar,” Chopra said.
Chopra further explained the reason behind choosing Rashid Khan as his first choice. He said that most o SRH’s games are on spin-friendly tracks which is why he is keeping the Afghan spinner ahead in the list.
Aakash Chopra Backs Rashid Khan To Win Purple cap in IPL 2021
“I am going with Rashid Khan because his first five games are in Chennai. Then he plays four in Delhi. He is playing nine out of 14 games on spin-friendly wickets. He would be feeling that he has won a lottery. Should be getting two to three wickets every game,” he added.
In IPL 2021, Rashid ended his campaign in the UAE with 20 wickets at a stunning economy of 5.37 in IPL 2020. Despite having a good season, he was 10 wickets short of the IPL 2020 Purple Cap award as Kagiso Rabada bagged 30 wickets to claim the prize.
Overall, Rashid Khan has 75 wickets in 62 games ever since making his IPL debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017. With 25 wickets shy, Rashid has a good chance to complete 100 IPL wickets this season.