Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings. Image: BCCI

Aakash Chopra feels that the Punjab Kings (PBKS) can beat the best teams. He also dubbed them one of the favorites for the 2022 IPL season.

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In yesterday night’s Indian Premier League match, Mayank Agarwal’s side thrashed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 54 runs. They’ve won two of their first three games, with the Kolkata Knight Riders being the only team to beat them (KKR).

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Punjab Kings were lauded by Aakash Chopra. He expressed himself as follows:

“The Punjab Kings have won two games in a row. They appeared to be a different team, one that was explosive, destructive, and capable of defeating the most powerful opponents. They’re one of my top picks.”

The Punjab-based franchise’s decision to not field Jonny Bairstow in their playing XI surprised the former India batsman. Added Chopra:

“You had Bairstow but you didn’t play him, which was an intriguing one because Bhanuka Rajapaksa is performing well but presumably in place of Odean Smith, it would have been a very attractive choice but they resisted it.”

Aakash Chopra On Punjab Kings’ batting performance:

While praising Liam Livingstone as the match’s outstanding performer, Aakash Chopra also praised Shikhar Dhawan and Jitesh Sharma. He remarked:

“They (PBKS) didn’t have a great start. It was fine when Shikhar Dhawan was there, but after he left, you’re stuck because there isn’t much depth in the batting order. Jitesh Sharma scored 26 runs off 17 deliveries, including three sixes.”

Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone. (Photo: IPL)

“This competition is turning into a showcase for obscure Indian players. They appeared to be on their way to scoring 220 at one point, but they ended up with a score of 180.”

On April 8, the Punjab Kings will face the Gujarat Titans. Both teams are currently in the top four in the IPL 2022 points table, thus it could be a thrilling match.

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