Ahead of the mouth-watering clash between IPL heavyweights between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, former India opener Aakash Chopra has given his views on the contest. The former cricketer-turned-commentator also commented on the rumour doing the rounds about Rohit Sharma’s fitness.
With 6 wins from nine games, defending champions Mumbai Indians are well on course to make it to the playoffs. On the other hand, CSK are looking set to bow out of the tournament at the league stage after managing just 3 wins from 10 games. They still have a theoretical chance of progressing ahead but the chances of the same are very slim.
Aakash Chopra started previewing the game by pointing out that the encounter is a must-win for CSK while also admitting that the three-time winners might not have their fate in their hands. He also expressed his doubts over whether the MS Dhoni-led team has the potential to win all their four remaining matches.
“It is do or die for CSK although their future may not be in their hands. Even if they win the remaining four matches, it will come down to net run rate. But can they win four matches and can they defeat the Mumbai Indians?” Aakash Chopra said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
He proceeded by suggesting that struggling CSK should play Narayan Jagadeesan if they are looking at giving chance to the youngsters. Dhoni had recently sparked a controversy by stating that CSK team-management didn’t give the youngsters a chance in the ongoing tournament due to a lack of spark in them.
“Jagadeesan will be my choice if CSK is looking to give chances to youngsters because he had played well in one of the matches. I would still say that they should play another bowler instead of Kedar,” opined the former India opener.
“They should keep the rest of the team same and see what happens, you are technically not out of the tournament yet. They should continue to give themselves a chance, at least for this one more game and then do whatever they want if they don’t win this one,” he added.
Aakash Chopra on Rohit Sharma
Aakash Chopra also mentioned Rohit Sharma but decided against speaking on his fitness as the Mumbai Indians camp has kept things under the wrap. The Mumbai skipper had left the field at the fag end of the thrilling clash against Kings XI Punjab which was decided by two Super Overs. He had not walked out for the post-match presentation too as Kieron Pollard had revealed the India opener was not feeling well.
“I have not understood the news from the Mumbai Indians’ camp. In the last match, Rohit had got injured, there are rumours floating around if he will be fit for this match. I am not going to add any fire to that rumour,” said Chopra.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
SportsInfo offers cricket, soccer, kabaddi, tennis, badminton, racing, basketball and other sports news, articles, videos, live coverage & live scores, player rankings & team rankings. Also, offers minute details of any match along with live commentary.
- ‘Let Rishabh Pant be Rishabh Pant’ – Rohit Sharma backs the left-hander to come good against England in the T20I series
- India vs England: Virat Kohli confirms Team India’s openers for the first T20I
- ‘Have fun, relax and be part of this wonderful set up’ – Rohit Sharma conveys it to Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan
- India vs England, 2021: 1st T20I, Statistical Preview – Babar Azam’s record in danger; Kohli, Rohit eye new milestones
- Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today