Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra analysed Delhi Capitals’ performance in IPL 2020. In the last couple of years, Delhi Capitals have taken massive strides to become one of the best teams in the competition. Even though they were little match for Mumbai Indians in the final of IPL 2020, reaching there was a significantly positive sign. Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra spoke about the two most disappointing performers for them – Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant.
Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw had substantial roles to play in their respective batting positions consistently; however, all they could do was perform well in patches. Pant, who missed a few matches due to injury, managed 343 runs in 14 games with only one fifty with an underwhelming strike rate of 113.95. On the other hand, Prithvi Shaw started brightly but entirely lost his way in the middle of the season as the seamers exposed his flawed technique ruthlessly. In 13 matches, Shaw managed 228 runs with two fifties at 17.54.
Aakash Chopra named Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant as two major disappointments, underlining that they are paying a price for their own success. They would be compared with their achievements enjoyed in the past.
“The Delhi Capitals had not one but two big disappointments. They are the guys who are paying a huge price for their own success because they will be compared with the success they have enjoyed previously. I am talking about Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant,” Aakash told in his Youtube channel.
Aakash Chopra underlined that Delhi Capitals had lofty expectations from Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant and faith in their fast-scoring abilities. Chopra claimed that the franchise shaped their strategies around the pair; however, it backfired tremendously. The 43-year old said that after coming back from injury, Pant’s batting did not do the talking and even though he managed a fifty in the final, there remained lack of clarity about his role.
“The Delhi Capitals had made their entire strategy around these two players. That Prithvi Shaw will come at the start and hit a lot. And then Rishabh Pant will come and there will be no end to the fours and sixes at the ground but that did not happen. Rishabh Pant was injured in the middle and when he came back the bat was not talking. He scored runs in the final but before that the bat was a bit too silent. It felt like he was playing too conservatively and did not have enough clarity about his role,” the former Indian cricketer mentioned.
His attitude was ‘my way or the highway’ : Aakash Chopra
The former Indian opener talked about Prithvi Shaw starting his campaign well and scoring runs following which he suffered a nosedive. Aakash understands that Shaw is still lad; however, calls for more consistency and better technique. The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that the 21-year old’s approach was highly questionable, refusing to tinker with his attacking gameplay even after being dropped.
“Prithvi Shaw started well, he was playing good shots and scoring runs but after that, it just went downhill and then just could not come back which is not a good thing. He is young but is an India player and you expect more consistency from him. It is possible that the strike rate might be less one day but here it looked like his attitude was ‘my way or the highway’. He will hit and even if he gets out hitting, it does not matter and that he will not have a different gear even after getting dropped from the side.,” the 43-year old added.