IPL 2024
Aakash Chopra picks Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma to be in focus in IPL 2024 clash vs LSG
By SMCS - May 8, 2024 12:45 pm
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Veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has said that SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma have almost given them quick starts in IPL 2024. However, Head wasn’t a part of SRH’s playing XI in their season opener against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but he has batted at the top of the order since making his debut for SRH in their second game.

Travis Head
Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma unleash carnage

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra shared, “If this team has to win, Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma need to play for long and explosively because they do two things. One is they score runs and secondly, they attack you hard mentally. It just demotivates you the way they start. They start like a bullet train.”

“Travis Head needs to be talked about first because he is in that kind of form. We have seen him playing differently a few times. He played slightly cautiously in the last match at home against Rajasthan because the pitch was like that. He started scratchily in the last match as well but eventually got close to his fifty,” Chopra again added.

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While talking about Abhishek getting out very cheaply in SRH’s previous game, Chopra expects him to deliver the goods against LSG. With 444 runs at a strike rate of 189.74 in 10 innings, Head is SRH’s leading run-scorer in IPL 2024. Abhishek is the franchise’s third-highest
run-getter in IPL 2024 as well, with his 326 runs in 11 innings coming at a strike rate of 195.20 as well.

Abhishek Sharma
Abhishek Sharma almost sealed the game for SRH in the powerplay

“Travis Head will once again be my guy in focus because you expect runs from him. When the business end of the tournament has come, Hyderabad is entrusted to you. The second player I am picking is Abhishek Sharma. He has batted well. He didn’t score runs in the last match. I expect him to play well,” he said.

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“The third, I am going with Pat Cummins. He is captaining well, even batting well now, and bowling in the right areas. When he was selected as a captain, I felt what were they doing as they were spending so much money and his IPL numbers were not great. However, I stand corrected,” he explained (6:45).”Pat Cummins Sir, you have been absolutely outstanding and I am happy to course correct. You are doing very well. So Pat Cummins is my third player to watch out for,” Aakash Chopra concluded.