Former Indian Aakash Chopra has kept himself quite busy in recent times as he analyses every team partaking in IPL 2021, set to begin from the 9th of April. From picking franchises’ ideal playing eleven to discussing their strengths and weaknesses, Aakash Chopra has dissected all the aspects in detail. The cricketer-turned-commentator opened up on SunRisers Hyderabad’s glaring weakness, which is their Indian batting unit.
SunRisers Hyderabad has been one of the consistent franchises in IPL history, having debuted in 2013. Though they have lifted the trophy only once, the Orange Army have made the playoffs often. SunRisers’ Indian batting contingent has Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Priyam Garg, and Virat Singh. The IPL 2021 auction saw them securing veteran Kedar Jadhav’s services as well.
Aakash Chopra feels that even though Kedar Jadhav is a fantastic buy for the SunRisers Hyderabad, their Indian batting unit remains weak. The 43-year old underlined that Vijay Shankar has not risen to the occasion, while Manish Pandey has produced underwhelming results based on his capabilities.
“Sunrisers Hyderabad’s glaring weakness is the lack of experience in the Indian batting although they have picked Kedar Jadhav, which I feel is a fantastic buy. Vijay Shankar hasn’t really risen to the occasion or lived up to his reputation yet. Manish Pandey has been underwhelming if you see based on his capabilities,” Chopra told in his Youtube channel.
Aakash Chopra calls for youngsters in SunRisers Hyderabad to be more consistent:
Aakash Chopra further said that Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, and Abdul Samad are all promising cricketers, but none are consistent enough. Aakash noted that given a choice between them and another uncapped player in Nitish Rana, most people would go for the latter since he is more consistent. Hence, the domestic batting unit remains weak.
“Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Wriddhiman Saha are all good names but none of them is one you can say is their consistent player. For example, if you have to choose between one of them and Nitish Rana, an Indian uncapped player, you will still pick Nitish Rana because he remains more consistent. So their Indian batting contingent is slightly weak,” he added.