Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: May 4th, 2022 at 12:49 pm

Aakash Chopra has praised Liam Livingstone for playing a bursting thump, which incorporated a huge six among the three he hit, during the Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) run pursue in Tuesday’s (May 3) IPL 2022 contest against the Gujarat Titans (GT).

Livingstone smoked an unbeaten 30 off 10 balls, with his 117-meter six being all the rage. His attacking thump assisted PBKS with pursuing down the 144-run target with four overs in excess.

Liam Livingstone Tries To Send Every Ball Out Of The Stadium: Aakash Chopra

Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone, Photo Credit: (IPL)

While reviewing the Punjab Kings’ chase in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said the accompanying regarding Livingstone’s thump:

“Punjab handed Gujarat a convincing defeat, Liam Livingstone sent one ball to the moon. A 117-meter six, who does like that? He hit 30 runs off 10 balls, three sixes, what a player. Liam has only one rule – hit the white ball hard and send it out of the stadium, he is that kind of a player.”

The former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) player was additionally all applaud for Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Chopra observed:

“Bhanuka Rajapaksa – what a beautiful story. When he was picked in the auction, everyone was asking who is he? After that, when he got opportunities at the start, he batted well. Then he was dropped when Bairstow became available.”

Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s Innings Allowed Shikhar Dhawan To Play Himself In: Aakash Chopra

Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Image Credits: Twitter)

Chopra called attention to that Rajapaksa’s bellicose knock eased the heat off Shikhar Dhawan and permitted the Punjab Kings opener to play himself in. He explained:

“But Jonny didn’t fire and he (Rajapaksa) was called back, given another chance to bat at No. 3 courtesy Mayank Agarwal pushing himself down at No. 5 and he grabbed it. Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s innings allowed Shikhar Dhawan to play the anchor’s role.”

Rajapaksa crushed 40 runs off 28 balls, a knock consisting of five fours and a six. He hung together with a 87-run partnership with Dhawan for the second wicket after the Punjab Kings lost Jonny Bairstow’s wicket early in their pursuit.

Shikhar Dhawan Played According To Demand Of The Situation: Aakash Chopra

Shikhar Dhawan. Photo- IPL
Shikhar Dhawan. Photo- IPL

Aakash Chopra additionally had an expression of recognition for Dhawan for playing as indicated by the demand of the circumstance. He elaborated:

“You can crucify me if I don’t talk about Gabbar. There was might in the opposition bowling attack – Shami, Lockie, Alzarri, Pradeep Sangwan, and then Rashid Khan. Here, Jonny came and went.

“He carried his bat through. It is not necessary for you to do all the hitting, the guy at the other end is doing that, you just stay there.”

Dhawan top-scored for the Punjab Kings with an unbeaten 53-ball 62. He was content to play the cat-and-mouse game while Rajapaksa and Livingstone took the assault to the Titans’ bowlers.

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