Piyush-Chawla, Photo- Twitter
Piyush-Chawla, Photo- Twitter

Piyush Chawla has reprimanded Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener, Aaron Finch, for taking off from confronting left-arm seamers in IPL 2022. He likewise hammered his former team for not showing trust in one opening pair, requesting that they play Ajinkya Rahane rather than the Australian against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Monday.

In the wake of opening with Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer in the initial five games, the Knight Riders dropped the previous and acquired Finch. Iyer was moved to the lower order in the following game, with Sunil Narine opening.

The Australian white-ball skipper didn’t play the following game because of a physical issue as Sam Billings opened with Narine. Both Venkatesh and Finch were then reestablished at the top in the last match.

KKR Need To Stick With One Opening Pair: Piyush Chawla

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer. Credits: IPL

Amid such incessant changes at the top order, the Knight Riders lost four games and staggered from the top of the points table to the last three. Aaron Finch scored seven off five balls, a splendid 58 (28), and three off seven balls. In the two games, he didn’t cross twofold digits, the right-hander seemed to be an easy target against any sort of seam movement forthright.

Addressing ESPNcricinfo on Sunday, Chawla said the Knight Riders need to adhere to one opening pair. He highlighted how the Aussie opener has rushed to the opposite end against left-arm seamers, saying he ought to be dropped before the Royals’ pacers additionally exploit his shortcoming against incoming deliveries.

He said: “They are not showing trust in their openers. They started with Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer and so many players have been changed since then. They need to show some consistency with one pair.

“My personal opinion on Aaron Finch is he did get runs in one match but even then when he saw left-arm seamers, he was running after defending to the fielders’ hands.

“It feels like he doesn’t want to play left-arm seamers at all, just wants to get to the other end. Here there’s Trent Boult and Prasidh also brings the ball in nicely. So I can’t say that he’s a good option and they shall go back to their original openers.”

Cannot Leave Nitish Rana And Rinku Singh That Low Down The Order: Piyush Chawla

Despite the fact that Rahane looked more guaranteed at the wicket in those five games, he also has had his issues against the new ball. This is displayed in his inability to cross 15 runs scoring 44 (34) in the opening game.

Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chawla likewise encouraged the KKR Team management to advance Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh to counter the Royals’ spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal.

He explained: “Yes, their (Royals’) spin attack is good and Shreyas Iyer struggles against wrist spin but the other batters like Rinku Singh and Nitish Rana play spin really well. So you’d want them to get more balls to play. You can’t leave them too down the order like in the last game where Nitish Rana came in at No. 6 and Rinku Singh at No. 7.

You can’t play your main batters who are looking in a good rhythm that down the order. The opposition spinners are good and these guys play spin well. That will be a good fight and they can steer the game from there.”

After a sluggish beginning to the season, Rana has apparently restored some form with two fifties in the last four innings. Rinku has played only two games however been more appealing than the vast majority of his colleagues, with scores of 35 (28) and 23 (16).

KKR May Stick With Aaron Finch For A Few More Games: Piyush Chawla

Aaron Finch KKR (Image Credits: Twitter)
Aaron Finch KKR (Image Credits: Twitter)

Requested to pick the Knight Riders’ plausible four abroad players, Chawla picked Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, and Aaron Finch, saying the Aussie, notwithstanding looking short on certainty, is probably going to get the management’s support a piece longer.

He remarked: “See these three – Andre Rusell, Sunil Narine, and Tim Southee – should definitely play. There’s a bit of confusion on the fourth – should Aaron Finch play? But he doesn’t look too confident.

“It’s a very confusing choice because Sam Billings hasn’t done well either. But I feel they’ll continue with Aaron Finch because he played one good innings and has played just one game after that.”

Monday’s clash between KKR and RR will be played at the Wankhade Stadium, starting at 7:30 pm IST.

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