Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra spoken about Punjab Kings in his most recent video on IPL 2021. The franchise has got a new identity ahead f a new season and the fans and the management would hope that they finally get their hands on that elusive trophy too. The management has bolstered their bowling arsenal by roping in two Australian quicks Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson. Along with Shami, they can form a formidable trio and pose problems for opposition batsmen.
Aakash Chopra picked his best possible XI for Punjab Kings ahead of the season, keeping a good mix of players to give them ideal results. He has chosen KL Rahul and Chris Gayle as his openers. Rahul was partnered by Mayank Agarwal last season as they scored more than half of the runs for the franchise. Age cathing up with Gayle might work against Punjab this season.
Aakash Chopra Chopra wants Mayank Agarwal to walk in at No.3, he wants Nicholas Pooran and Deepak Hooda to occupy the No.4 and No.5 slots for Punjab. Chopra further said that the Rahul-led side could play one of Shahrukh Khan, Mandeep Singh, or Sarfaraz Khan at No.7.
Aakash Chopra Picks Best Punjab Kings Playing XI For IPL 2021
“I will be going with KL Rahul and Gayle as the openers, Mayank Agarwal at No.3, Pooran at No.4, Hooda at No.5, and Moises Henriques at No.6. You should please play Henriques as he will add that balance to your side. At No.7, you can have anyone. You can play Shahrukh, Mandeep or Sarfaraz – whoever you play it won’t make any difference. But if you have this kind of batting, you can play with a lot of freedom, something that they should do this season,” said Chopra on his YouTube channel.
Coming to the bowlers, Chopra picked Mohammed Shami to lead the attack. Along with Shami, he picked Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi and Jhye Richardson as his other three bowlers. Henriques and Hooda provides Punjab with additional bowling options too if required.
“Then four bowlers – Ashwin, Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, and Jhye Richardson. This will be my team, if you feel that you need to play one less spinner, you have Arshdeep as an option available,” concluded Chopra.
Aakash Chopra’s Predicted playing XI
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan/Mandeep Singh/Sarfaraz Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Jhye Richardson