Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra opened up on Kings XI Punjab’s positives following IPL 2020 where they finished sixth in the points table. Kings XI Punjab had a highly fluctuating season, encapsulated by massive upsurge and downfall before being eliminated in their last league match. Aakash Chopra has hailed one of their players as entirely selfless.
It is Mayank Agarwal, whom Aakash Chopra has labelled as a selfless player. The Karnataka-born player was injured, forcing him to miss a few matches; however, enjoyed his best IPL season. In 11 fixtures, the right-handed batsman mustered 424 runs at 38.55 while maintaining a strike rate of 156.46 with two fifties and a century. Nevertheless, it was disappointing to see his first IPL ton result in a losing cause.
Aakash Chopra was full of praises for Mayank Agarwal, giving him top marks. Even though he found himself injured mid-season, the 29-year old played fearlessly and Aakash hailed him for hardly playing conservatively. Mayank has travelled to Australia for taking part in T20, ODI, and Test series.
“Mayank should get full 100 marks. He missed a few matches because of injury but he played in a fearless manner. He is the definition of a selfless player. I did not see him bat in a conservative selfish manner even on one occasion,” Aakash told in a video shared on his Facebook page.
“Kings XI Punjab have a brilliant opening pair” : Aakash Chopra
The 43-year old further said that the opening pair in the form of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul is a stellar one. Orange Cap holder KL Rahul impressed the former Indian opener for not only scoring 600 runs in three consecutive editions but also standing head and shoulders over other top-order batsmen played 16 or 17 matches while Rahul featured in only 14. The 28-year old piled up 670 runs at 55.83 with five fifties and a hundred.
“Kings XI Punjab have a brilliant opening pair. The combination of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul is amazing. KL Rahul has the Orange Cap sitting on his head and I believe consistency should start with K rather than C, based on his name. He has scored more than 600 runs in three consecutive seasons. The 670-run mark is unbelievable because the other top batsmen played 16 or 17 matches but he played only 14,” he added.