Former India player Aakash Chopra has predicted that the Rajasthan Royals (RR) won’t reach the IPL 2021 playoffs. But, they can trouble other teams including Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Rajasthan Royals are currently at fifth place in the points table, with six points. RCB, meanwhile, placed at the third spot, with ten points in their name. In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra shared his views on this and asked the other franchises to be careful as well.
He elaborated: “I think the Rajasthan Royals will remain in the bottom half, they might not qualify. If they don’t qualify, they will be the party poopers, they will spoil some people’s party. RCB beware because if there are chances of some team’s party getting spoiled, one Royal can do to the other.”
“The problem for the Rajasthan Royals is that there have been too many changes. Your main players have all gone – you don’t have Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler, who had scored a century. You have signed new players like Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas, and Liam Livingstone is available. You have made the signings, you have got players but it’s not the same team, the team looks slightly different. It will be extremely necessary for Sanju Samson to bat well,” he further added.
He again shared that the Rajasthan Royals can bounce back if they play together as a unit. However, they won’t have the service of their few key players and youngsters like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Kartik Tyagi and Chetan Sakariya will have to step up.
“It will not be easy, you have changed your team totally after the halfway stage. There is no replacement for Jofra Archer in the entire world, how will you get it. There are a lot of problems but this team has shown that if you combine the five fingers, it becomes a fist,” Aakash Chopra concluded.
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