IPL 2022: Aakash Chopra reviews batting performance of PBKS skipper Mayank Agarwal

Former Indian striker Aakash Chopra believes Punjab Kings (PBKS) skipper Mayank Agarwal must score strongly for the team in IPL 2022 as he is also the leader and fly-half.

Agarwal scored 32 out of 24 deliveries in Punjab’s opening encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He was dismissed for a single against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as the franchise succumbed to a six-wicket defeat.

PBKS will face defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their third game of IPL 2022 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Speaking ahead of the match, Chopra said on his YouTube channel that as senior players, Agarwal and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan needed to take on more responsibility. He commented:

“The only problem with PBKS is that Mayank Agarwal hasn’t scored any points. He’s the captain and he’s a solid player, who has always done well for the team. He hasn’t scored much until present, but you expect runs from him. In the last game, Shikhar looked good but played a bad shot to get out. Also expect long innings from him.

Discussing the Punjab stick, Chopra added that while the roster looks solid, Liam Livingstone has to start living up to expectations. He issued the following opinion:

“Liam Livingstone hasn’t really lived up to the billing yet. If you look at the line-up, they’ve got Shikhar-Mayank, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, beating like a million bucks. There’s also Shahrukh (Khan) Jonny Bairstow hasn’t come yet Odean Smith is also here so PBKS looks strong at bat.

The 44-year-old has advised Punjab to continue with Bhanuka Rajapaksa even though Bairstow is available for the game. He stated:

“They can’t let Rajapaksa down because he’s in such great shape. Bairstow can be rested if available as Bhanuka strikes beautifully.

Sri Lankan batter Rajapaksa hammered 43 of 22 against RCB and followed it up with a 31 on nine against KKR.

“PBKS Bowling Doesn’t Look Good” – Aakash Chopra

While Punjab look strong in the batting department, they have some issues in the bowling unit, which conceded over 200 against RCB. According to Chopra, it could all come down to the batting efforts of both teams as both Punjab and Chennai are poor in the bowling department. He explained:

“Their bowling is weak, there is no doubt about that. Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Odean Smith – PBKS bowling is not looking good. In fact, CSK and PBKS look poor with the ball.

Defending with a total of 137, Punjab put Kolkata in trouble at 51 for four. However, Smith conceded 30 points in the 12th as Andre Russell went crazy. Arshdeep also had a bad game, conceding 32 runs in three overs.

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