IPL 2022: Aakash Chopra questions Ravindra Jadeja’s bowler management and indifferent form for CSK

Aakash Chopra pointed out that Ravindra Jadeja has proven to be slightly insufficient both as captain and player in IPL 2022 so far.

Jadeja was handed the responsibility of managing Chennai Super Kings (CSK) just before the start of the current edition of the Indian Premier League, with MS Dhoni opting to hand over the baton to him. Not only has the all-rounder delivered disappointing performances so far, but CSK also languishes in ninth place in the points table.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra spoke about CSK’s loss to Punjab Kings (PBKS) in last night’s IPL 2022 fixture. He said the following about Ravindra Jadeja’s management of his bowling resources:

“I feel Jaddu is under pressure from the captain. Dwayne Bravo picked up wickets but Pretorius conceded 50 runs. I thought – Mitchell Santner conceded only eight runs in two overs. Why didn’t you bring him in bowling, you only gave him two overs.”

The former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) player also questioned Jadeja’s decision to go under bowling. Chopra clarified:

“Pretorius gave 50 and you made him play his full quota of four overs. Jaddu himself only takes two overs. Ok, there were lefties on the ground, but you can spin the left arm to the lefties.”

Dwaine Pretorius had a decent first couple of overs, conceding just 14 runs. However, he was taken to cleaners in his last two overs, especially the last, in which he conceded 22 runs.

“Ravindra Jadeja’s bat doesn’t hit the ball” – Aakash Chopra

Ravindra Jadeja struggled to play the big shots in IPL 2022 [P/C: iplt20.com]
Ravindra Jadeja struggled to play the big shots in IPL 2022 [P/C: iplt20.com]

Speaking about Jadeja’s stick, Aakash Chopra pointed out that the CSK skipper has gone at a pedestrian pace for the majority of his innings. He explained:

“Jaddu’s bat doesn’t hit the ball, neither against Mumbai nor here. Ravindra Jadeja scored 21 runs on 16 balls, including a six on the penultimate ball of the final inning. The game was over and dusted. Until ‘at the time the six were not hit, it was run-a-ball 14 points.’

The renowned commentator concluded by stating that Jadeja’s indifferent performances with bat and ball were problematic for CSK and Team India. Chopra observed:

“He’s struggling for form and that’s a huge concern in my opinion for the Chennai franchise and for India as well because he’s not picking up wickets with the ball or scoring runs with the bat.”

Ravindra Jadeja has scored 112 runs at a below average and a strike rate of 22.40 and 121.73 respectively in IPL 2022 so far. The left-arm spinner also picked up just five wickets in eight matches and conceded an average of 8.19 carries per over.

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Edited by Sai Krishna

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