Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra opined that today’s (September 29) match will be played between the best team in the tournament – Delhi Capitals (DC) and a team who is still searching its mojo – Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
The cricketer turned commentator made his observations while previewing the upcoming match between the two teams, placed opposite ends of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 points table, in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
“Delhi Capitals is not taking the name of losing, the best team in the tournament while the Sunrisers Hyderabad is not taking the name of winning, their sunrise is not happening.”
Kane Williamson should play for SRH
Chopra mentioned that Sunrisers seems to be low on confidence with their batting as they are not delivering well with the bat. He also opined that the franchise should give chance to Kane Williamson instead of Mohammad Nabi.
“Sunrisers Hyderabad’s morale seems to be down because the team is not looking good. It is because they have problems in their batting. They should play Kane Williamson, I think he is fit and available,” said Chopra.
“They can do without Nabi because they have bowlers even though they may not be quality bowlers but they can manage. Billy Stanlake – I don’t think he is going to solve your problems,” he added.
Aakash said that the David Warner led side has a very week lower middle order and that’s why they need strong top-order batsman.
“You need batting – Bairstow, Warner, Williamson and Manish Pandey – if these four are dismissed, whichever 5, 6 and 7 you play will not make any difference. But if you play only three and Kane is not there in that, then even if Nabi and Rashid bowl well, you will not have enough runs.”
While concerning their fitness availability, he added that they could do other changes in the form of Vijay Shankar’s availability in the playing XI.
Rashid Khan vs Rishabh Pant
“And this time, the team in front of them will be very strong. So that is one change I will recommend that you get Kane Williamson for Nabi. If Vijay Shankar is fit, he can be played instead of Saha or Priyam Garg, but it will not make too much of a difference at that number.”
While talking about Delhi Capitals, Aakash said that the franchise not required to make any changes in their squad as they already have a balanced team.
“Delhi Capitals do not need to do anything. They should continue to play the way they have been playing. It is the team to beat, outstanding team it is.”
Subsequently, Chopra picked Rashid Khan and Rishabh Pant as the player battle to look forward in the match.
“Rashid Khan, whose IPL has not been that good till now. If Rashid Khan’s IPL is not good, Sunrisers Hyderabad is going to struggle big time,” he said.
“Till now Pant has not hit a six and I feel he will come to the fore in this match because the pitch is also very flat. It will be a mouth-watering affair, that’s what I am looking forward to watching,” he added.
The former India opener picked Delhi Capitals as the probable winner in the clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday at Sharjah.