Aakash Chopra opines on the Punjab Kings’ strengths heading into IPL 2024
By SMCS - Mar 21, 2024 8:34 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said that the Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) seam-bowling depth is one of their strengths in the IPL 2024 which also included Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel, Arshdeep, who claimed 17 wickets in 14 games in IPL 2023.

Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Punjab Kings (PBKS)

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “Their pace bowling unit is actually decent because they have lots of options. A good Indian fast bowler in the form of Arshdeep Singh and then Harshal Patel. So you get death bowlers in Harshal and Arshdeep and a new-ball bowler in Arshdeep.”

However, Aakash Chopra also added that the Punjab Kings’ utilization of their fast-bowling resources will be a question. He also said Harpreet Brar was given the final over ahead of Arshdeep last season as well, with Rilee Rossouw using the opportunity well it by smashing him all around the park.

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“You get three more bowlers in the form of Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, and Sam Curran, and you have got Chris Woakes. So you have got a plethora of fast-bowling options. So this team’s fast bowling is good and we will keep it among their strengths. Plenty of all-rounders. You can put that as a positive. Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Chris Woakes – if they want to play him, Rishi Dhawan, Shashank Singh – all of them bowl and bat. So they have got plenty of all-rounder options,” he stated.

“One more thing I like is that you have match-winners in their own right. Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, and Arshdeep Singh are all match-winners on the days they play well. So they have got plenty of individual match-winners,” Aakash Chopra concluded.