Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra has brought up that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are as of now not over-dependent on high-end players like Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell.

The Bangalore-based side endured Qualifier 2 of IPL 2022 by overcoming the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 14 runs. However, the trio of Kohli, Du Plessis and Maxwell were not the draftsmen of the success as they contributed a sum of 34 runs in the 35 balls they confronted.

RCB Finding New Match Winners Every Game: Aakash Chopra

Rajat Patidar RCB
Rajat Patidar. (Photo: IPL)

While reviewing the eliminator experience in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra featured that RCB won without significant commitments from their headliners. He observed:

LSG vs RCB: "This team Is No Longer About The 3 Stars" - Aakash Chopra on RCB Winning Without Major Contributions From Faf Du Plessis, Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell

“The biggest thing is that neither did Faf score runs – he was dismissed for a golden duck, nor did Virat Kohli score runs – scored a run-a-ball 25. Maxwell’s bat also does not fire but despite that, this team wins the match. This is what a team is all about, this team is no longer about the three stars.”

The former Indian player added that new stars are arising for RCB in each game. Chopra said:

“The story has gone far away from that, they are doing amazing death bowling. They are finding new heroes in every game and this time around it was all about Rajat Patidar.”

Rajat Patidar was the star entertainer for RCB in Wednesday’s (May 25) experience. The 28-year-old smoked an unbeaten 112 off only 54 balls, a thump studded with 12 fours and seven sixes.

Virat Kohli Became Second Fiddle As Rajat Patidar Dominates LSG Bowlers: Aakash Chopra

Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar RCB (Image Credits: IPL)
Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar (Image Credits: IPL)

Talking about RCB’s innings, Aakash Chopra called attention that Kohli became sagacious after Du Plessis’ initial excusal. He elaborated:

“Mohsin Khan came and shone, the outside edge he got of Faf du Plessis, it was absolutely stellar. Rajat Patidar came at No. 3 and Virat Kohli was there at the other end, who was looking good. He started beautifully but became slow when Faf got out. He started playing second fiddle.”

The reputed commentator added that LSG appeared to have acquired the authority when Maxwell followed Kohli to the dug-out. Chopra observed:

“Maxwell got out and it seemed the game will become interesting because KL Rahul cleverly got Krunal at that time. But after that, Mahipal Lomror was there with Rajat Patidar for some time.”

Dinesh Karthik And Rajat Patidar Completely Utilized Chances Given By LSG Fielders: Aakash Chopra

Dinesh Karthik and Rajat Patidar RCB (Image Credits: IPL)
Dinesh Karthik and Rajat Patidar (Image Credits: IPL)

Chopra closed by featuring that Patidar and Dinesh Karthik utilized the chances given to them by the LSG fielders. He explained:

“Then comes Dinesh Karthik and this is where the game changed, the number of catches that were dropped. KL Rahul first dropped Dinesh Karthik’s catch. Deepak Hooda – safe fielder, he let go of a free-home delivery, Rajat Patidar’s catch. Dinesh Karthik did an amazing job but the star of the night was of course Rajat Patidar.”

Patidar and Karthik hung together an unbeaten 92-run stand for the fifth wicket in under seven overs. Their endeavours assisted RCB with setting a mammoth 208-run target for LSG, which demonstrated sufficient eventually.

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