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Aakash Chopra suggests Kolkata to hand over the captaincy to Shubman Gill

November 21, 2020

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Aakash Chopra urged that KKR should assign the captainship to the young opener Shubman Gill. Gill had an outstanding season with the bat in IPL 2020. The youngster had aggregated 440 runs in 14 matches. This was his third season with KKR.

Aakash feels that Eoin Morgan should be replaced as he will still occupy a guaranteed spot in the eleven even if he doesn’t perform well enough.

Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020

KKR missed their chance to qualify for playoffs and finished fifth on the points table. The team was evicted on the net run-rate despite having the equal count of points as RCB and SRH.

The management kept on changing their batting line-up throughout the entire season. The situation was even worse when the captains were switched mid-season from Dinesh Karthik to Eoin Morgan.

Secondly, he further said that Kolkata should build the team around Gill if they want to look ahead for the next three years. He gave an example of how Delhi had assigned the captaincy to Shreyas Iyer by giving him a strong coaching staff.

The Shreyas Iyer-led franchise has been performing excellently in the last couple of years. They finished third in 2019 and were the runners-up of this year's tournament after losing to the Mumbai Indians.

Aakash Chopra retainment suggestions

The 43-year-old also opined on the three players that the franchise should retain. He said that even though Andre Russell didn’t have a good season, he is a highly valuable player and a match-winner who should be retained.

Chopra reckons Varun Chakravarthy should be retained as he brings the mystery spin element while bowling. For the first retention, he chose Shubman Gill as probably KKR will attempt to keep hold of him.

The former KKR player also encourages that the management should release Morgan, Karthik, and Sunil Narine. Akash also added that the franchise should let go of Pat Cummins as well. He believes that the franchise must look to get Nitish Rana back with a right-to-match card.

It will be a difficult call for Kolkata Knight Riders to appoint Shubman Gill as their captain. The youngster has hardly any experience of captaincy even at the domestic level. The decision might have a negative impact on the game as it will be too much to ask from the batsman.

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