IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra Picks SunRisers Hyderabad Starting XI Ahead Of The 14th Season

IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra Picks SunRisers Hyderabad Starting XI Ahead Of The 14th Season

Rashid Khan, SunRisers Hyderabad, Aakash Chopra
SunRisers Hyderabad [Image-IPLT20]

Former Indian cricket Aakash Chopra has picked the starting XI of SunRisers Hyderabad ahead of the 14th season of the IPL.

SunRisers Hyderabad have got luxury when it comes to picking their overseas recruits, especially for the opening slot. While David Warner is a lock, the second opening slot has candidates in the form of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.

SunRisers Hyderabad, Aakash Chopra,Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, Chopra has opted to go with Wriddhiman Saha, who smoked 214 runs in just 4 outings last year.

“It is a difficult task to pick their ideal XI. It is not the case always but this time it is difficult. Who will open with Warner? I will say to make Saha open because he batted brilliantly last year as well and he will have the fire burning in the belly that he needs to do something. And he is selfless, he is absolutely a team player,” said Aakash Chopra in a video published on his Youtube channel.

Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey will slot in at No.3 and 4 followed by the latest recruit Kedar Jadhav at the No.5 spot. The former opener reckoned that either Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma could take up the batting all-rounder’s role.

“Kane Williamson at No.3, Manish Pandey at No.4, you have Kedar Jadhav at No.5. At six, you have got multiple choices. You can play either of Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma or Abdul Samad. You can get one or two overs apart from the batting. They have Virat Singh as well, they have got plenty of options,” added Chopra.

Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi[photo: AP]
With SRH set to play a majority of matches on spin-friendly tracks of Chennai and Delhi, Aakash Chopra has gone with a spin-bowling all-rounder in Mohammad Nabi to complement Rashid Khan ahead of Jason Holder.

“At seven and eight, I will have Rashid and Nabi because you are playing your first few encounters in Chennai and then Delhi. So spin will be of use in both these places. So there might not be a place for Jason Holder. Rashid and Nabi are four-over banks and can hit the long ball,” said Chopra.

SunRisers Hyderabad have the best Indian fast bowling depth among all the franchises. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan are proven match-winners and they will once be looking to spearhead the bowling unit in IPL 2021.

“Then you need to play three fast bowlers. So there you play Bhuvi, Natarajan, and Sandeep Sharma. Sandeep Sharma will bowl in the powerplay overs, Natarajan will bowl in the death overs, Bhuvi will bowl in both these phases of the game. I mean this looks like a good side to me,” concluded the former opener.

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