Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has expressed that the 2023 Indian Premier League season is over for the Delhi Capitals. The David Warner-led team lost their seventh match of the season on Wednesday, May 10 against the Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk Stadium. They are virtually ruled out of contention for a playoff berth.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra spoke about Delhi Capitals’ campaign this year. He pointed out that they can reach 14 points at best, but their NRR will dent their chances of qualifying for playoffs. Chopra said there might be a change in their coaching staff and captaincy for the Delhi Capitals next year. He said,
“Delhi – I feel the season is over now because you will be able to reach 14 points and your net run rate is very ordinary in any case. It is probably the time for churning there. Delhi might have to change their coaching staff and captain in the coming year.”
“If they don’t do that, I will be extremely surprised. This is just my personal opinion. Nothing against anyone to be very honest, but this year’s strategies have been slightly beyond my understanding,” he added.
Tough loss at Chepauk, but we'll take the learnings onto the next match. pic.twitter.com/zdOtNV4b7W
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 10, 2023
What is your think tank doing? – Aakash Chopra
Former cricketer Aakash Chopra further expressed that the Delhi Capitals should reflect on the decisions taken by their management. He added that they failed to use their resources effectively in the 2023 Indian Premier League season. Aakash Chopra said,
“When Delhi look back and see, they should definitely ask the question that what their players did was on one side, but what is your think tank doing? You don’t use Axar Patel properly. You played Sarfaraz Khan, then dropped him, and after that, he was in and out.”
He further added, “You played Priyam Garg an odd match. Aman Khan plays well and you dropped him down the order. You played Lalit Yadav but you kept him down the order and sent Ripal Patel ahead of them. What are you doing? Sometimes it just defies logic.”
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