Former India opener turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has praised Liam Livingstone for playing a stunning knock, which included a massive six among the three he smashed, during the Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) run chase in Tuesday’s (May 3) IPL 2022 match against the Gujarat Titans (GT). Livingstone scored an unbeaten 30 off 10 balls and took the side to the finish line with ease.
While talking about this in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said: “Punjab handed Gujarat a convincing defeat, Liam Livingstone sent one ball to the moon. A 117-meter six, who does like that? He hit 30 runs off 10 balls, three sixes, what a player. Liam has only one rule – hit the white ball hard and send it out of the stadium, he is that kind of a player.”
Chopra observed: “Bhanuka Rajapaksa – what a beautiful story. When he was picked in the auction, everyone was asking who is he? After that, when he got opportunities at the start, he batted well. Then he was dropped when Bairstow became available. But Jonny didn’t fire and he (Rajapaksa) was called back, given another chance to bat at No. 3 courtesy Mayank Agarwal pushing himself down at No. 5 and he grabbed it. Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s innings allowed Shikhar Dhawan to play the anchor’s role.”
However, Rajapaksa amassed 40 runs off 28 deliveries, a knock that included five fours and a six. He added an 87-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan for the second wicket after the Punjab Kings lost Jonny Bairstow’s wicket as well.
“You can crucify me if I don’t talk about Gabbar. There was might in the opposition bowling attack – Shami, Lockie, Alzarri, Pradeep Sangwan and then Rashid Khan. Here, Jonny came and went. He carried his bat through. It is not necessary for you to do all the hitting, the guy at the other end is doing that, you just stay there,” Aakash Chopra concluded.