Aakash Chopra critiques Sanju Samson’s performance after MI game

Aakash Chopra

Former India cricketer-turned-commentator, Aakash Chopra has recently given his opinion on Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Sanju Samson.

In yesterday’s game against the Mumbai Indians, RR failed to win the match despite putting up a good target of 212 runs for the hosts to chase.

Moreover, Chopra has pointed out two players from Rajasthan who are now going through a lean patch this season of the IPL.

They are none other than skipper Samson and opening batsman Jos Buttler. Both of them have been pretty rusty in the past few innings.

According to Chopra, this is a big problem for the Rajasthan Royals who have otherwise a pretty decent batting lineup in the IPL this year.

Jaiswal has scored his maiden IPL ton which is 124 from 62 balls.

Says Chopra,

Rajasthan is facing another trouble. Jos Buttler is not firing, as he usually does, this year. The start was good but he has gone slightly down. Sanju Samson hasn’t scored runs at all. So a good team as they are, because they have (Shimron) Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel and Devdutt Paddikal as well, the team is good, but two main players not scoring runs, that’s a problem.

Chopra opines that bowling first is a better option rather than batting

On the other, Chopra has also stated that Samson opting to bat first was a courageous decision as very few teams take that option.

However, he has stated that fielding first is always a better option at Wankhede because of the dew factor that later affects the game.

According to Chopra, the dew factor was the main difference between RR and MI. With the dew factor raining heavily on the game, it became difficult for bowlers towards the end to grip the ball.

Adding further, Chopra says,

It was amazing that Rajasthan chose to bat after winning the toss. You don’t do that in Mumbai. You want to chase in Mumbai because dew comes later and it is a chase-friendly ground. In yesterday evening’s match, there was so much dew that, when I asked Parthiv Patel who was there, he said that it was like a river flowing.

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