Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) tactical calls surprised former cricketer, Aakash Chopra, who questioned the inclusion of Evin Lewis if he wasn’t going to be batting up the order.

Lewis, being the destructive player he is, was severely under-utilized by the LSG team. He has been regularly pushed down the order despite being far more aggressive than any of the other LSG batters in the team. The move came back to bite the LSG team on Wednesday against RCB in the Eliminator.

We had said that Quinton de Kock has an issue against this team. We thought he will get out to Josh but got out to Siraj. But after that at No. 3, surprise surprise comes Manan Vohra. Personally, I didn’t like that strategy at all. I was thinking, why not Evin Lewis? Why did you play Evin Lewis if you are not sending him at No. 3?”

IPL 2022: Why Play Evin Lewis If You're Not Sending Him At No.3? - Aakash Chopra Questions LSG's Tactics After Eliminator Loss
Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis (Image: Twitter)

Were you holding him back thinking that Maxwell will get away with overs there but Maxwell will bowl to Rahul also, he will hit him there. Even though Vohra played a good short 19-run knock but because of that Evin Lewis slipped too low down the order,” Chopra stated in his YouTube video.

“Was the run chase planned properly?” – Aakash Chopra

Chopra also shed light on KL Rahul’s knock, which came under scrutiny after the 14-run loss. Chasing a huge target of 208, Rahul’s strike rate was barely over 100 most of the time and his 79-run knock did more harm than good for his team.

KL Rahul was playing extremely slowly at the start, was trying to take it deep. Deepak Hooda came, hurricane Hooda, he was good. If you talk about the find of the tournament from Lucknow’s viewpoint, it has to be Deepak Hooda, he has batted extremely well. He allowed KL Rahul to be.”

KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda.
KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda. Image: BCCI/IPL

When KL Rahul started hitting, there was a pattern to his game. He was quiet against spin and was demolishing the fast bowlers. He hit very good sixes against the fast bowlers and one-off Wanindu Hasaranga as well but there will be a question – was the run chase planned properly? The batting order was not right in my opinion,” he further mentioned.

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