“Since he does not have the pace, you are feeling sometimes why you state playing for India, I am not saying that he needs to play India but I’m simply asking if he gets the amount of credit he deserves.”
IPL (2020): Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has opined that Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) swing bowler Sandeep Sharma has not been given sufficient credit for the performances he’s dished out at the IPL through recent years.
Aakash Chopra started by picking Sandeep Sharma as the game-changer in yesterday’s experience against the Mumbai Indians.
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“I am going with Sandeep Sharma. He took three wickets. He dismissed Rohit Sharma, he has got Rohit Sharma out four occasions in the IPL and double this year as well, once caught behind and then captured at mid-off.”
The reputed commentator reasoned the SRH opening bowler captured the wickets of both Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan at critical stages, after having disregarded Rohit Sharma before in the game.”After that Quinton de Kock went, a border followed by 2 sixes but he then got him out. And then Ishan Kishan was batting well, there was a lot of expectation from him as it had been the last recognized pair.
He also struck a six and got out of another ball”While acknowledging that the three Mumbai Indians batsmen may not have been dismissed off great deliveries, Aakash Chopra pointed out that Sandeep Sharma delivered what was expected of him.
“There was an element of luck as the batsmen didn’t get dismissed on wicket-taking deliveries however, the end justifies the means. If you have taken three wickets out of which two are one and openers from the past recognized pair, I believe that is what’s required.”
Aakash Chopra on Sandeep Sharma’s exploits from the IPL within the years Sandeep Sharma has shown his wicket-taking abilities from the powerplay overs.
Aakash Chopra observed that Sandeep Sharma has been as powerful as Jasprit Bumrah in the powerplay overs from the IPL.
“There’s a question of whether Sandeep Sharma should play for India. If you discuss T20 stats, even if you speak about wickets from the powerplay, you will never take his name along with Jasprit Bumrah in the same sentence but it should be taken.”
The former KKR player remarked that the swing bowler from Punjab has taken heaps of wickets from the powerplay.
“That’s the kind of performances he’s been giving. He has been taking wickets left, right, and center. In the powerplay overs, just Bumrah is nearby him in terms of the number of wickets.”
While admitting that Sandeep Sharma may not be an India prospect at this point, Aakash Chopra questioned if he’s gotten due credit.
Aakash Chopra signed by emphasizing the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack has taken the most wickets in IPL 2020, together with Sandeep Sharma leading the pace department in Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence.
“SRH is the group that has taken the most wicket within this IPL and that is without Bhuvi. Thus, without Bhuvi available, if this attack takes a lot of wickets, Sandeep Sharma has been a very important cog in their own scheme of things. I believe he should be given the credit for those performances he has been placing.”
Sandeep Sharma now holds the record for the most wickets in the powerplay in the background of this IPL, together with 53 wickets to his name. The 27-year-old has picked up 13 wickets in IPL 2020 so far at a nice market rate of 7.34.