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I don’t think RCB should play Dan Christian at all: Aakash Chopra

April 27, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Aakash Chopra opines that RCB should not include Dan Christian in the playing XI for the match against the DC. The Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Dan Christian for a whopping amount of 4.8 crores in the IPL 2021 mini-auction. The pacer was brought based on his experience of winning championship titles in T20 format across the globe. However, his performance in the ongoing IPL tournament has been disappointing so far. In the last three games that he has played, Christian hasn't picked up any wickets in his quota of overs.

Aakash Chopra proposed the inclusion of Daniel Sams in the RCB playing XI as a replacement for Dan Christian. Australian pacer Daniel Sams recently joined the RCB bio-bubble after recovering from COVID-19. The Bangalore-based outfit might look to include him in their playing XI if he has regained full fitness. The Australian cricketer tested positive for the virus before the start of the 14th edition of the IPL. RCB said that the all-rounder had tested negative on his arrival at the team hotel in Chennai. The Australian pacer was the second cricketer from the RCB squad who has recovered after contracting the virus. Earlier, opening batsman, Devdutt Padikkal joined the team after returning negative for coronavirus.

Daniel Sams stats in T20 cricket

The Australian left-arm pacer made his IPL debut in 2020 when he plied his trade for Delhi Capitals. But after three wicketless games for them, Delhi Capitals traded him to the RCB. Daniel had a good outing in the last season of the Big Bash League. The 28-year-old impressed everyone with both bat and ball. Playing for Sydney Thunder, he scored 200 runs at a superb strike-rate of 188.67. With the ball, the pacer claimed 11 wickets. He also played a crucial 15-ball 41-run knock against New Zealand during the second match of the T20I series last month.RCB has won four games out of the five outings. The team will now play against Punjab Kings on Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore full squad

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Adam Zampa, Finn Allen, Kane Richardson, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Washington Sundar, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh