IPL 2024
“Varun Chakaravarthy has been the best spinner this season” – Aakash Chopra
By SMCS - May 26, 2024 12:54 pm
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Veteran commentator Aakash Chopra added that Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Varun Chakaravarthy has been the best spinner in IPL 2024. He has scalped 20 wickets at an acceptable economy rate of 8.18 in 13 innings so far as well. KKR will take on the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL 2024 final in Chennai on Sunday, May 26. They have won both games between the two sides and will hope to do in the final as well.

Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy got wickets on back-to-back deliveries

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “Varun Chakaravarthy has the specialty that he turns the ball. He comes from Chennai and understands this ground and pitch very well. He has an excellent web of spin. Varun Chakaravarthy has been the best spinner this season. So I will focus a lot on him.”

He also chose Mitchell Starc and Harshit Rana as the other two key bowlers for the KKR. With 17 scalps at an economy rate of 9.40 in 10 innings, Rana is KKR’s second-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2024 as well. Starc, who registered figures of 3/34 in Qualifier 1 against SRH, has claimed 15 dismissals at an economy rate of 11.07 in 12 innings.

“I will focus on two fast bowlers. One is Mitchell Starc and the other is Harshit Rana. Mitchell Starc vs Travis Head – mouth-watering clash one more time. He might not take as many wickets as he took in the last match but it’s Mitchell Starc – big finals, you have got to back the guy. Harshit Rana has the slower one, bouncer, yorker, and the cricketing smarts are outstanding,” Chopra explained.

Aakash Chopra said that Sunil Narine might be KKR’s most crucial player in the IPL 2024 final. he shared that Andre Russell will be playing his first IPL final and will be expected to perform well as well.

Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine cleaned up Sanvir Singh

“When you look towards KKR, you remember the 2012 and 2014 seasons, and you remember Sunil Narine’s immense contribution, and this is exactly the same. Sunil Narine is the most valuable player this time as well and will be in focus. Firstly, bowling – he bowls very well and you will expect him to do even better on this pitch. Secondly, the way he is batting. He hasn’t scored runs against this time thus far, got run out in the first match and couldn’t score too many runs in Qualifier 1 as well, but he is a dangerous player. So everyone will have to be wary of him. Narine has had a massive contribution to take this team here. If he has got them till here, taking them forward will be in his hands,” he added.

“This is Andre Russell’s first final. GOAT of T20 cricket across the globe, even in this league, but has never played the final. You will expect from him here because his numbers against this team are very good. He is picking up wickets now and scored a fifty the last time these two teams played in Kolkata,” Aakash Chopra concluded.