IPL 2024
Aakash Chopra applauds Khaleel Ahmed’s spell in DC’s IPL 2024 win vs CSK
By SMCS - Apr 2, 2024 9:42 am
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Veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has praised Khaleel Ahmed for bowling a match-winning spell with the new ball in the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) IPL 2024 clash against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as well. The Capitals set CSK a target of 192 runs after opting to bat first in
Visakhapatnam on Sunday, March 31. Khaleel then registered figures of 2/21 in four overs as the home team restricted CSK to 171/6 to complete a 20-run win.

Khaleel Ahmed
Khaleel Ahmed

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “When CSK got to bat, Khaleel shone. He bowled this tournament’s first maiden. The ball was swinging both in and out. He has the ability to bowl at 135 to 138 kph and has a lot of upside as a left-arm pacer. A lot of people forget that he has played for India and did well too. After that, he got injured, was out of the team, and then everyone forgot. Don’t forget him because he is bowling well. He pushed the opposing team way back within the powerplay itself.”

Khaleel dismantled CSK by dismissing both their openers, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rachin Ravindra, in his first two overs. He was ably backed by Mukesh Kumar (3/21 in three overs), who dismissed Ajinkya Rahane, Sameer Rizvi and Shivam Dube as well.

Khaleel Ahmed

“They hit at the start. David Warner was at one end and Prithvi Shaw played with him. I had said you should play Prithvi Shaw because he is a good player and that you were going in the wrong place and he should be given opportunities if you have retained him. You gave him a chance and they made the entire powerplay their own. David Warner at one end, who was hitting fours and sixes without any warning, and added a half-century against his name. Prithvi Shaw couldn’t get his half-century but gave a wonderful start,” he further added.

“Then Rishabh Pant came and went at a run-a-ball at the start but after that, his wagon also gathered pace. When he played his trademark one-handed shot while falling, you felt Rishabh Pant is back. One felt happy from the heart because there were even doubts at one stage whether he would be able to return to the ground, and whether he would be able to play so well when he returns. However, he kept aside all those doubts, the way he batted at the end,” Aakash Chopra concluded.