Aakash Chopra makes bold prediction on most destructive opening pair

Aakash Chopra makes bold prediction on most destructive opening pair



With the new Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) season just a few days away, experts and former cricketers have already started putting out their predictions for the tournament. Former India batsman Aakash Chopra has also joined the bandwagon, stating that he expects defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to have the most destructive opening pair in the 14th IPL edition. Mumbai is spoilt for choices when it comes to picking two batsmen for the opening lot. While Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma were regular openers during IPL 2020 in UAE, the five-time champions also have the young Ishan Kishan, who made the headlines with a sparkling fifty on his T20I debut against England in Ahmedabad.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Chopra, responding to a fan's question on his YouTube channel, explained why he thinks this way:

“I will go with Mumbai Indians as they have Quinton de Kock along with Rohit Sharma. There are two good banks there. Even if Quinton de Kock gets replaced by Ishan Kishan, it is again a very explosive pair. I will go with them.”

“If Chris Gayle opens with KL Rahul, they can be a very explosive pair. There is no one there to open with Jos Buttler, while Kane Williamson may open with David Warner this season. We can’t forget Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, but Dhawan may play a bit cautiously so you never know.” Aakash added.

Both Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan had stellar seasons for Mumbai in IPL 2020. While, the Jharkhand batsman Kishan was the top run-getter for the IPL 2020 champions, with 516 runs in 14 games, Proteas opener Quinton de Kock was second in line, with 503 runs in 16 matches.

Skipper Sharma, on the other hand, had a quiet IPL 2020 as he only scored just 332 runs in 12 games. He also faced injury issues during the end of the tournament. But as they say about Sharma, the "Hitman" is only one big innings away from hitting the top gear again.

Aakash Chopra on other opening pairs in IPL 2021
Aakash Chopra also discusses other opening pairs who could be a good competitors for the most destructive openers in this season. He feels Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings have a good opening pair as well due the good form of Prithvi Shaw and KL Rahul ahea of this season. He has a doubt on the opening pair of Rajasthan Royals.

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POINTS TABLE

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts

CSK 14 0 0 0 0 0

HYD 14 0 0 0 0 0

MI   14 0 0 0 0 0

KKR 14 0 0 0 0 0

DC   14 0 0 0 0 0

RCB 14 0 0 0 0 0

RR   14 0 0 0 0 0