IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra in his IPL 2021 Team XI leaves out Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli

Speaking from his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra picked his eleven from the recently suspended IPL 2021.

IPL was just about to flourish into its own but it wasn’t to be. IPL suspended indefinitely, one can only wait for an official announcement regarding the same.

Although IPL 2021 got suspended mid-way because of the many players testing positive for COVID-19, the Indian cricketer turned commentator made his own eleven consisting of seven Indian and four overseas players. Notable omissions from his eleven were Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard.

Speaking from his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra picked his eleven from the recently suspended IPL 2021.

The commentator heaped praises for KL Rahul.
“I have kept KL Rahul first. He played three big knocks, which includes two nineties and a 60-odd. All three of them came in a winning cause, so whenever he scored runs his team won. He played at a good strike rate as well. Along with him is Shikhar Dhawan and he has the Orange Cap on his head. The maturity with which he has started playing, this is the upgraded version of Shikhar Dhawan which we have seen from the last IPL,” Chopra said.

“I have kept Faf at No.3. He opened for his team but I have kept him at No.3. He has been consistent and played in a destructive fashion. CSK’s revival wouldn’t have happened without him,” he added.

Chopra was impressed by Maxwell at no. 4.
“At No.4, I have kept Glenn Maxwell. He scored the difficult runs. His performance in the first five matches was outstanding. I have kept AB de Villiers at No.5. His innings in Ahmedabad was fantastic and the knock against KKR in Chennai was one of the finest you would see in the IPL,” he further said.

“At No.6, I have kept Pant. I know it is too low down the order but you can promote him if a left-hander is required to be sent. I will get him to keep and not AB,” Chopra went on.

“At No.7, you can keep Jaddu (Jadeja). His bowling was very good and he batted amazingly well. He played in a bold fashion and run-outs while fielding, four catches in an innings. He knows everything, he has been absolutely brilliant.

“At No.8, I have got Chris Morris. He continuously did something or the other, either in batting or bowling. On the whole, he kept paying the EMIs of the 16.25 crores for which he was bought.

The unsung hero of Delhi Capitals success this season, Avesh Khan made the cut ahead of Bumrah.
“At No.9, 10, and 11, I have got all three Indians. One is Rahul Chahar, then Avesh Khan, and finally Harshal Patel,” Chopra concluded.

Aakash Chopra IPL 2021 Team XI: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Rishabh pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Chris Morris, Rahul Chahar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel.

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