Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has criticized Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Sanju Samson and the team management for their dismal performance in the Indian Premier League 2021.
The Rajasthan Royals lost out of their 14 matches in the season and finished in the seventh position. In their last match of the league, they were bowled out for a paltry 85 while chasing a target of 171 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Aakash Chopra believes that making too many changes to their team during the course of the tournament is one of the reasons for their poor performance.
In a video on Aakash Chopra’s Youtube Channel, he pointed out the areas that skipper Sanju Samson erred in the Indian Premier League 2021. He said,
“RR’s track record has been hit. They must have made 25-30 changes. There were 3-4 changes in this game as well that even Sanju Samson didn’t remember how many changes they had made. Then first, the captaincy decisions were inscrutable – which bowlers were you putting to bowl or why were you doing that. He bowled two overs of spin from Glenn Phillips and Rahul Tewatia, which got one wicket but conceded 28 runs. Shivam Dube was bowling well but he was stopped. Jaydev Unadkat was doing well but he was stopped and then brought back again to finish his quota within the first 10 overs. So much was happening.”
Aakash Chopra also highlighted that Sanju Samson got a lot of his DRS calls wrong, despite being the wicket-keeper. He said,
“He even took a review and I felt the new meaning for DRS should be ‘Don’t Review Sanju’ because he has not got one review right this season. He’s a ‘keeper-captain, right? He’s got a pretty decent place to judge. But that’s been the story.”
Fear the KKR: Aakash Chopra on the Eoin Morgan-led team’s performance in second half of IPL 2021
Aakash Chopra hailed Kolkata Knight Riders’ performance in the second phase of IPL 2021. The franchise has won 7 seven matches out of the 14 played in the season. They are on the verge of qualifying for the playoffs of the Indian Premier League 2021.
Aakash Chopra lauded the team’s performance and added that the oppositions should fear the Eoin Morgan-led side in the playoffs. He stated:
“Against SRH, their performance was timid. The match shouldn’t have gone to the 20th over but Kolkata suddenly became very cautious and I felt something was going wrong. So it was important to see their attitude in this game. And what attitude they showed! Lockie Ferguson is back and ‘Lock-key’ has the key to success. He’s absolutely sensational. He performed really well but before that the batsmen played brilliantly too… Morgan got some runs under his belt as well (chuckles). So everything is going well, just keep it up, keep it up, fear the KKR is what I am saying.”