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Aakash Chopra Urges KXIP To Leave Glenn Maxwell And Jimmy Neesham Ahead of IPL 2021

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Aakash Chopra (Photo Credit: Star Sports Twitter)

Former Indian batsman turned commentator Aakash Chopra has urged IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab to release a couple of players to come back stronger in the next season. KXIP finished sixth on the points table with 12 points from 14 games. They made a good turnaround in the second half of the league stage but lost their last two games when they needed to win their last seven to get through to the IPL 2020 playoffs. The franchise has already indicated about releasing Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell ahead of the next season.

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Aakash Chopra Urges KXIP To Leave These Players

Along with Maxwell and Cottrell, Aakash Chopra has added a couple more names as well. Hardus Viljoen and Jimmy Neesham are the other two names suggested by Chopra.

“Kings XI Punjab have a reasonable need of a mega auction because they need changes. They have to do something for the fast bowling unit because it will not work out with the ones they have. They should leave out Sheldon Cottrell, they should leave Hardus Viljoen also if they are not playing him, and they should leave Maxwell as well,” suggested Chopra in his Youtube channel video.

He further added that Maxwell and Neesham’s lack of form with the bat cost the side big time in the season.

“Maxwell’s lack of form was a big problem, overseas bowlers another big problem. Cottrell played and then didn’t play, same was the case with Neesham and Jordan. So the door for inward-outward movement was always kept open. Maxwell got plenty of opportunities. He didn’t disappoint a little, he was a huge disappointment. The Kings XI Punjab missed a trick or two with their selections”.

Though it was another disappointing season for KXIP, their skipper KL Rahul ended the season with 670 runs and winning the Orange Cap. The franchise also said that they would like to go forward with the Rahul-Kumble combo in the next season as well.

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