“It is very important for him to perform” – Aakash Chopra on Ravindra Jadeja
By SMCS - Apr 25, 2022 5:10 pm
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Former Indian player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra feels Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Ravindra Jadeja’s struggle with the bat in the ongoing IPL 2022. However, the veteran believes this is a clear indication of him feeling the pressure of the captaincy as well. Notably, Chennai have won only two of their seven games so far and they are currently at the ninth position in the points table. On an individual level, Jadeja has scored just 91 runs which came at an average of 18.20 and a strike rate of 119.74 as well.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is leading CSK in IPL 2022

Following their thrilling last-ball win over the Mumbai Indians (MI), Chennai will now take on the Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. Previewing the clash on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Jadeja is struggling with the bat, which is not a good sign. It is very important for him to perform with the willow because, if he keeps failing in the same manner, things will get extremely tough for the Chennai Super Kings. The pressure of captaincy is clearly showing on him.”

However, apart from his struggles with the bat, Ravindra Jadeja has also struggled on the field. He dropped two easy catches against Mumbai as well. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has played just one good knock in IPL 2022 so far. He scored 73 against the Gujarat Titans (GT) as well. Meanwhile, Chennai registered their second win in IPL 2022 by beating Mumbai recently.

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“Ruturaj Gaikwad has done well in only one match. But there are great chances of him succeeding in this match because the opposition has the likes of Vaibhav Arora. Of course, Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep are there, but the bowling is strictly okay. Gaikwad didn’t score last time against Punjab, but things could be different this time. Robin Uthappa is batting well. I am not able to understand Ambati Rayudu’s batting order, but he has also scored runs. Shivam Dube too has made some crucial contributions,” Aakash Chopra again shared.

Jitesh Sharma
Jitesh Sharma took a brilliant catch

Meanwhile, prior to Punjab’s clash against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday, some backed Rajapaksa’s return in place of the struggling Bairstow. He again added that with the batting department not looking strong enough now, PBKS could try and strengthen the team by adding an all-rounder like Harpreet Brar or Rishi Dhawan.

Chopra stated: And, Chopra said on his YouTube channel: “PBKS can think about bringing back Bhanuka Rajapaksa and dropping Jonny Bairstow. That could be an option. Alternately, they could go with Rajapaksa at three and Jonny Bairstow at four, followed by Liam Livingstone. With three overseas slots filled, they could play with Kagiso Rabada as the only overseas bowler. The rest of the slots can be filled by Indian bowlers. Apart from Brar, pacer Sandeep Sharma is also an option.”

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He continued, “PBKS’ aggressive batting approach hasn’t worked in the last two games. To have better balance, they could be tempted to bring in left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar. He has done a good job when he has played. They also have an all-rounder in Rishi Dhawan, so Punjab can think about him as well.”

“Punjab’s philosophy of throwing caution to the wind is a very good approach. But they have to be a little cognizant considering where the team is standing at present. They are going either boom or bust. And, of late, it has been all bust,” Aakash Chopra concluded.