Before the start of the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra has given suggestions to all the teams of IPL. The second phase of IPL 2021 is to be played in UAE. The first match of the world’s biggest T20 league will be held on September 19 between five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians and three-time winners Chennai Super Kings. IPL 2020 also UAE
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In his first suggestion, Chopra said that fast bowlers should be exclusively fed in UAE and medium pacers should be avoided. He has advised Virat Kohli-led RCB that they should avoid playing Harshal Patel. He said that RCB should refrain from playing Harshal Patel and go with Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj in his place. Giving advice to CSK, Akash said go with Josh Hazlewood instead of DJ Bravo and go with proper fast bowlers who swing the ball.
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Akash said in his YouTube channel, ‘Play with fast bowlers with a speed of more than 137-140 kmph, do not go with medium fast bowlers. In the UAE, fast bowlers with speeds above 140 kmph have bowled at a better average, economy rate and strike rate than slow bowlers. This means that the pitches help the fast bowlers. In his second suggestion, Akash said that the team winning the toss should bat first. Because chasing the target cannot be the mantra in UAE. The teams thought so in the year 2020 and it failed.
In his third point, Akash said that the team should go with spinners who are fast in the air, like Varun Chakraborty and Rashid Khan. He said in his fourth suggestion that teams should play proper openers instead of pinch hitters. He said that if you are thinking of opening with pinch hitters or trying something new, then do not do it. Here the first 30 matches show that there were a lot of dot balls in the beginning and at least 2 wickets fell in the powerplay.
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In his fifth suggestion, Akash said that teams should go with left-handed batsmen. Because according to his assessment, he was very successful in the first 30 games. In the last suggestion, Akash said that the teams should bat first and score above 180 as it becomes impossible to chase more than 170-175 runs.