With the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 opener against Gujarat Titans on the horizon, former Indian cricket team opener Aakash Chopra delivers a stark warning to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Chopra specifically targets Ruturaj Gaikwad, a crucial member of the MS Dhoni-led side and a player considered by many as the franchise’s future captain. The former cricketer expressed his concerns about Gaikwad’s slow innings-building approach, urging the batsman to “hit the ground running” for the team’s benefit.
Chopra said on his YouTube channel, “It is possible that Ruturaj Gaikwad hits the ground up and running. Right now, he starts slowly and picks pace as he builds the innings. But the days of diesel engines are over, we have EVs now. Ruturaj has to become an electric vehicle.”
Moreover, Chopra shared his doubts about the inclusion of England international Ben Stokes in the CSK line-up, arguing that the all-rounder’s style of play might not be beneficial for the team. Despite Stokes’ hefty Rs 16.25 crore price tag, Chopra remained uncertain about the England star’s role in the squad.
The former India star elaborated, “As we saw in the World Cup as well, he likes to take his time in the middle. He plays better at no.3 as well, and in the IPL, his only century came when he batted up in the order. So, it’s hard to understand what’s happening there. Robin (Uthappa) isn’t there anymore, so were they searching for his replacement?”
Chopra’s candid advice for Gaikwad and his concerns about Stokes’ impact on the team serve as a wake-up call for the Chennai Super Kings as they gear up for the IPL 2023. Only time will tell if the players heed his warning and deliver electrifying performances in the upcoming season.