IPL 2021: "Ravichandran Ashwin is not giving you the overs that he should" - Aakash Chopra on the Delhi Capitals' bowling woes

R Ashwin has not been at his potent best for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 [P/C:]
R Ashwin has not been at his potent best for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 [P/C:]
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Aakash Chopra believes the Delhi Capitals (DC) need to bowl Ravichandran Ashwin his full quota of overs to make the five-bowler theory work effectively.

Ashwin has bowled a total of just three overs in the last couple of matches the Delhi Capitals have played in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The off-spinner has picked up only five wickets in the 12 matches he has played for the franchise in the current edition of the Indian Premier League.

While previewing the Delhi Capitals' Qualifier 2 clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra felt the Rishabh Pant-led side should go in with only five frontline bowlers and expected Ashwin to be utilized better. He elaborated:

"You can manage with five bowlers but then Ravichandran Ashwin has to bowl his quota of overs. You are not getting him to bowl at all, either he is not doing or you are not giving. The fact of the matter is that he is not giving you the overs that he should."

The cricketer-turned-commentator added that R Ashwin has to give four overs, considering that he is also part of Team India's T20 World Cup squad. Chopra said:

"He is an India player. If he doesn't bowl well or he doesn't give four overs, however many bowlers you play, you are going to be short."

The low and slow Sharjah pitch might be to Ashwin's liking. The wily off-spinner could be one of the Delhi Capitals' strike weapons on that track.

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Aakash Chopra on the Delhi Capitals' other bowling issues

Kagiso Rabada has not been at his wicket-taking best for the Delhi Capitals [P/C:]
Kagiso Rabada has not been at his wicket-taking best for the Delhi Capitals [P/C:]

Aakash Chopra also wants the Delhi Capitals to use their other bowlers at the right moments, considering that Avesh Khan's confidence has taken a hit in the last couple of matches. He observed:

"The second point is the distribution of overs, Avesh Khan's confidence has gone slightly down in the last two matches. So please use him properly and see who all have overs left."
Avesh Khan and worst captaincy of rishabh pant destroyed the whole match for #DelhiCapitals #DCvsCSK Congratulations to #CSK

The former India opener concluded by stating that the Delhi Capitals should learn from their death over mistakes in the last match against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Chopra explained:

"Kagiso Rabada should have bowled the last over in the last match. He has not been hit for a four by Dhoni in his entire life. Dhoni was in front and you didn't give him the bowling. You felt his day was not going good, he had given only 23 runs in three overs. So just get the right bowlers to do the right things."
Slow lollies from TOM Curran ๐Ÿคญ pant abysmal call to go with that fellow for the final over OVER rabada #csk are the best T20 team in the world currently except KKR I don't think any other team can even compete in the finals ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† 4th cup loading for the great man #MSD

Rabada, who was the Purple Cap winner last year, has not been at his lethal best in IPL 2021. The South African pacer has taken just 13 wickets in the tournament so far and has also conceded an average of 8.32 runs per over.

Edited by Sai Krishna
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