Last Update on: May 8th, 2023 at 05:58 pm
Former India opener Aakash Chopra has questioned the decision behind Deepak Hooda’s batting promotion against GT in a tough run chase with the batter being out of form. Hooda scored 11 off 11 balls after he was sent out to bat at number three with LSG openers adding 89 for the first wicket.
Quinton de Kock playing his first game of IPL 2023 smashed 70 off 41 balls with Kyle Mayers scoring 48 off 32 balls. After the quick start from the openers, the LSG management sent Deepak Hooda at number three with the likes of Nicholas Pooran and Marcus Stoinis waiting in the wings.
Deepak Hooda Does Not Have Form At All: Aakash Chopra
Chopra questioned the cricketing logic behind Deepak Hooda’s promotion to the batting order. Heading into this game he scored just 53 runs from his first nine games.
“Mayers got out and Deepak Hooda came to bat. A lot of people might say that Deepak Hooda played slow, scored at a run-a-ball, but Deepak Hooda does not have form at all. Why did you send Deepak Hooda? said Aakash Chopra on his Youtube channel.
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By Going To Deepak Hooda LSG Lost The Momentum: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra pointed out that LSG had a lot of in-form batters to choose from who could have been sent ahead of Hooda. He also explained his point regarding the same.
“You, I and everyone know that he does not have form. What all options you had – Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni and Krunal Pandya as well, who batted at No. 3 in the last match. You went towards Deepak Hooda despite having so many options. You lost the momentum there” said Chopra.
Mayers and De Kock added 89 for the first wicket. LSG went from being 102/1 and ended their innings on 171/7 falling behind by a mammoth 56 runs. It was a clear example of an error from the LSG management who chose to send out the wrong batters at the wrong time.
The Super Giants now have lost three out of their last five games with one ending as no result. They must get to 16 points at least with three games remaining to give themselves a chance to make the playoffs.