The Rajasthan Royals (RR) had a woeful Indian Premier League (IPL) season last year as they finished with the wooden spoon after failing to capitalize on a good start to the tournament. This time around they would want to come up with a much better showing.
Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra analysed RR’s chances of winning the IPL this season and mentioned that Jofra Archer was a key member in Rajasthan Royals Bowling attack without him , there bowling will suffer. As to which they will have to go for Chris Morris who hasn’t played a lot of cricket in a while.
“Jofra has got a strange injury that he had a fish bowl in the room which fell and he got hurt but that has become a very serious issue. If Jofra is not there in their bowling and we don’t know about Morris’ fitness, you will play one out of Mustafizur Rahman or Andrew Tye, the bowling is weak,” said Aakash Chopra on his official Youtube channel.
“Let’s be honest, the bowling might have Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi or Rahul Tewatia, it is a weak bowling lineup. You need the bowling to consistently do well. Last time also we saw Jofra giving 6.5 runs per over while the rest of the fast bowlers were giving 11.5. He is brilliant but if he is twice as good, it means the rest of the bowling looks very ordinary,” added Chopra.
Aaksh Chopra speaks of overdependence on overseas players for RR
Aakash Chopra then spoke about the overdependence of RR on their overseas stars. ”Their biggest weakness is overdependence on the overseas players. They have let Robin Uthappa go as well and have not taken some other good Indian batsman, Shivam Dube is a fantastic buy but you have not taken a top-order batsman,” said Chopra.
Chopra also pointed out that playing Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes as openers could prove to be a costly decision for them if either of them fails.
“Yashasvi is there but you are not giving him opportunities, so you have not developed him to become a better player or a match-winner. You have got your two overseas players to open, which is not an ideal thing. Nine out of ten times it is not a great strategy because if on any day both get out, there is no one down the order. So you will leave the baton with the kids, which is not the ideal thing,” added Akash Chopra.
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