Chopra suggests KKR to play Narine for Shakib against RCB
Former India batsman Aakash Chopra wants West Indies all-rounder Sunil Narine in place of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in Kolkata Knight Rider’s (KKR) main XI in their upcoming match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai on Sunday.
Kolkata have won one and lost one of the first two matches of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Shakib, who was in the main XI in both the matches, was not brilliant with the bat but did great with the ball.
In their first match, Shakib picked up 1 wicket conceding 34 runs in 4 overs and scored 5 runs off 3 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the second match against Mumbai Indians, he was the most economic bowler of the team with 4-0-23-1 bowling figure but failed with bat again as he scored just 9 runs off 9 balls.
The KKR team management had earlier said that the franchise was looking for him. As Narine has not been in good form recently, KKR signed Shakib in the auction and that’s why they kept Shakib in the main XI in the first two matches. Another KKR cricketer Harbhajan Singh also praised Shakib. All in all, it can be said that Shakib is more likely to be in the main XI more often this season.
But popular commentator Chopra wants a change in the XI in KKR’s third match and that should be Narine instead of Shakib. He also advised Kolkata to bat first if they win the toss. Chopra made this comment on twitter.
“Only one change for KKR. Narine for Shakib. Win the toss-bat first. And 2 points to the team that scores more runs in PP overs. The block of 16-20 is producing almost identical returns. Chennai is re-rewriting the T20 template,” he tweeted.
Kolkata will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their third match on Sunday (April 18).
Only one change for #KKRHaiTaiyaar
Narine for Shakib. Win the toss-bat first. And 2 points to the team that scores more runs in PP overs. The block of 16-20 is producing almost identical returns. Chennai is re-rewriting the T20 template. #IPL2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 18, 2021