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IPL 2022: “Time Has Come For Ajinkya Rahane To Be Left Out Of The Team” – Aakash Chopra Ahead Of SRH Vs KKR In IPL 2022

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Former Indian batter Aakash Chopra figures Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t taken advantage of the opportunities that he has got this season. In five games, Rahane has scored only 80 runs at an unassuming strike rate of 100.

The 44-year-old accepts KKR need a strong opening pair that gives solid starts at top of the order and they need to supplant Rahane. Notwithstanding, if they need to acquire Aaron Finch, KKR could have to leave out Sam Billings and replace him with Sheldon Jackson.

Time For Him To Be Left Out: Aakash Chopra On Ajinkya Rahane’s Form

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Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer
Aakash Chopra unhappy with KKR’S Openers (Image Credits: Twitter)

Talking in a video on his YouTube channel, this is the thing Aakash Chopra needed to say about Rahane’s sad run of form:

“Time has come for Ajinkya Rahane to be left out of the team. But if they play Finch, they will need to drop one among Billings, Russell, Narine, and Cummins. Rahane could be replaced by Finch and Billings could be replaced by Jackson.”

Even though KKR has won three out of their five games, Aakash Chopra feels they haven’t played to their maximum capacity. The 44-year-old figures there is a ton of opportunity to get better, particularly in the batting division.

They Haven’t Played Like A Cohesive Unit: Aakash Chopra On KKR’s Batting

Aakash Chopra not happy with performance of Nitish Rana and Shreyas Iyer
Nitish Rana and Shreyas Iyer captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credits: Twitter)

Players such as Rahane, Nitish Rana, and captain Shreyas Iyer have been not up to the mark and Aakash Chopra feels they should bring their A-game to the table soon if they have any desire to get along nicely. He expressed:

“Kolkata will need to address a few things. In the games that they won, Venkatesh Iyer had some contribution. But there haven’t been runs coming from Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, and Nitish Rana. The batting has been misfiring. It has been a mixed bag of a season so far and better performances are expected. They haven’t played like a cohesive unit.”

The SRH bowling unit hasn’t been among the best this season. So it could well be a golden chance for the fizzling KKR batting line-up to discover some consistency at long last.

Also Read: IPL 2022: Keep Aaron Finch Waiting, Ask Sam Billings To Open – Sanjay Manjrekar On Possible Solution To Ajinkya Rahane’s Form

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