Aakash Chopra Makes Huge Prediction Regarding KKR

On Thursday, September 23, the Kolkata Knight Riders extended their winning run by registering an emphatic victory against the Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi. To demonstrate their supremacy and get into the top four of the points table, KKR outplayed MI in the last match. Aakash Chopra, a former Indian cricketer and pundit, was tempted to make two big predictions as a result of this.

MI got off to a good start, but KKR held the side to a total of 155 runs in the first innings. Venkatesh Iyer, in pursuit of the goal, once again demonstrated his dominance by scoring a ferocious half-century in the process. Against MI, Rahul Tripathi blasted the bowlers all over the place to put up a stunning unbeaten 74-ball century. They further managed to beat the Punjab Kings with six wickets in hand and one over left to spare.

KKR earlier earned a dominant victory over RCB

Following KKR’s impressive victory, Aakash Chopra went to his official Twitter account to declare that the team will go to the finals of this year’s Indian Premier League. Chopra also made another startling prediction, stating that he would not be shocked if Mumbai Indians, the five-time IPL winners, do not qualify for the playoffs this season.

The first half of the Indian Premier League had to be halted because of Covid’s entry into a few training camps. For a few teams, it was anticipated that this break would go smoothly, allowing them to close any gaps in their side’s defence. In this way, it seems like KKR has gained from the hiatus since they have come back stronger in the IPL’s UAE leg of the tournament.

KKR took on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening encounter of the UAE leg. The bowlers of the side completely dismantled RCB’s formidable batting lineup. Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russel each took three wickets, causing problems for the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen. Lockie Ferguson, who took two wickets in the contest, was also a very economical bowler.

No RCB hitter was able to muster enough resistance, as the club was dismissed for 92 runs. When KKR came out to bat, they immediately seized control of the field, with their openers putting the team into a winning position. In the second innings, Shubman Gill fell only two runs short of his half-century, while Venkatesh Iyer stunned the cricketing world with an unbroken 41-run performance. The match was won by KKR by nine wickets.

Aakash Chopra Gives Recommendations To IPL Teams Before Phase-2

In a few days, the second phase of the Indian Premier League will begin in the United Arab Emirates, with the first match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Former Indian cricketer and pundit Aakash Chopra has offered six intriguing recommendations to all of the teams ahead of the high-profile event. Chopra’s initial aim was to play just fast pacers and stay away from medium pacers. RCB should avoid playing Harshal Patel in favour of Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj, according to him.

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Chopra’s second argument was that batting first after winning the toss is the way to go in the UAE, as chasing cannot be the motto, as teams tried it in the 2020 season and failed.

“Do not use medium pacers; instead, use fast bowlers with speeds of above 137-140 kph. Fast bowlers who bowl faster than 140 kph have a higher average, economy rate, and strike rate than slower bowlers. This indicates that the pitches are aiding the speed of the bowlers. So, instead of playing Harshal (Patel), I would suggest Navdeep and Siraj, who have more speed. Pick (Josh) Hazlewood over (DJ) Bravo and genuine fast bowlers over swing bowlers.”


Akash Chopra added, as his third suggestion, that teams should select spinners who are faster in the air, such as Varun Chakravarthy and Rashid Khan. Chopra’s fourth argument was that suitable openers should be used against pinch
hitters.

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The Fourth Key Is To Use Suitable Openers: Chopra

“The fourth thing is to use good openers. If you are thinking of starting with pinch hitters or ‘doing something new,’ do not. The first 30 games here revealed a lot of dot balls at the outset, with at least two wickets falling in the powerplay. In such a situation, appropriate openers with correct approaches are required.”

Chopra’s third suggestion was that teams should go with left-armers because they were highly effective in the first 30 games, according to his study. The veteran cricketer ultimately advised teams to aim for a total of more than 180 runs when batting first, since anything more than 170-175 becomes hard to chase.