Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra said Lucknow Super Giants will have to bench one of their overseas fast bowlers to accommodate West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder in the team.
LSG played Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Andrew Tye and Dushmantha Chameera as their four overseas players in their last match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Who will make way for Jason Holder in the LSG team?
De Kock (61) and Lewis (55*) made important half-centuries in the team’s important chase of 211 against the four-time IPL champions as LSG won by six wickets to register their first win of IPL.
Meanwhile, Chameera conceded 49 runs from his four overs and Tye was the second-most expensive bowler who leaked 40 runs but claimed a couple of wickets in the final over.
Holder, who was unavailable for the team’s first two games because of national commitments, has joined the squad. The West Indies all-rounder was bought for a sum of INR 8.75 crore by the Lucknow outfit in the IPL 2022 auction.
With Jason Holder available, one overseas player will have to sit out: Aakash Chopra
Chopra is of the opinion that LSG team management should drop either Andrew Tye or Chameera to fit Holder into the team. The former KKR player believes a team cannot afford to play two expensive bowlers together.
“With Jason Holder available, one overseas player will have to sit out. I think no one will touch Evin Lewis and Quinton de Kock. One of Andrew Tye and Dushmantha Chameera must also play. Will they drop a batter or a bowler? That’s the question KL has to answer,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“Lucknow’s bowling is an issue. Chameera was expensive in the last game, so was Tye. You cannot have two expensive bowlers,” he added.
LSG will play against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday (April 4) at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. SRH lost their first match of IPL 2022 to Rajasthan Royals by 61 runs.