Former Indian fly-half Aakash Chopra believes the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) don’t have many options to replace Pat Cummins in their XI for the crucial game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Cummins played a huge role in KKR’s win in their previous game but was ruled out for the rest of the season with a hip injury. Aakash Chopra thinks maybe they can strengthen their hitter by replacing Cummins with Sam Billings and bringing in a bowler like Shivam Mavi in place of wicketkeeper Sheldon Jackson.
Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, here’s what Chopra had to say about KKR’s issues with their XI this season:
“There’s no Pat Cummins now. So who are they going to play? They’re stuck now. With great difficulty they managed to pick an XI but now they will have questions about who to play and who to leave out They can bring in Sam Billings instead of Sheldon Jackson and pick Shivam Mavi in the bowling department, they don’t have a lot of options.
Umran Malik will pick up two or more wickets against KKR: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra expects SRH speedster Umran Malik to have a great match against KKR. Shreyas Iyer and his men found shortcomings against the short ball and Chopra believes Malik can exploit that weakness with his pace. He stated:
“Umran Malik will go for two or more wickets. The team that got sent off the bouncers the most was Kolkata. Even in their last match, they went to Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling court. Umran’s performance was ordinary in the last few games, but he will do well.”
While this is a do-or-die encounter for KKR, SRH will also be desperate to win, as a loss for them would significantly reduce their chances of qualifying for the playoffs.