IPL 2024: KKR spinners will test Abhishek, feels Chopra

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 21, 2024 IST

Abhishek Sharma

New Delhi, May 21: They are quality spinners, with their uniqueness. If they get in rhythm, the best in the world may find to negotiate them. Any young player facing them in a tensed and high voltage contest, may need extra nerves and skills to overcome the challenge posed by the lethal spinners duo.

This stern warning came from former India cricketer Aakash Chopra about Sunrisers Hyderabad's (SRH) young opener Abhishek Sharma, while facing Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) spinners, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy. 

 Worth mentioning that the 23-year-old is currently leading six-hitter of the season with 41 maximums, amassing 467 runs at a strike rate of 209.41. Chopra feels that the 23-year-old will need to bring his best against the formidable spin duo, who shares 33 wickets between them, in the IPL 2024 Qualifier 1 on Tuesday.

"I feel Abhishek Sharma will open for India on the Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka tours. He plays extremely well and will have to play even better in this match because you will get Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy in the opposition. Spin might be introduced early because of Travis Head. So you will have to get an Indian batter to neutralise spin - that's Abhishek Sharma," Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

The 46-year-old further praised Abhishek's opening partner Travis Head, who is the third-highest run-getter this season, highlighting the fact that Ahmedabad is the same venue where Head scored a match-winning hundred against India in the ODI World Cup 2023 final as Australia lifted a coveted trophy.

"Travis Head likes this pitch. He scored runs here in the World Cup final and defeated us very badly. Bowlers try to bowl towards his body to dismiss him but he is explosive. Nitish Reddy is in very good form. So he is doing well. The No. 3 batter seemed to be a weakness but Rahul Tripathi played well in the last match," he added.

Exceptional talents do dazzle on bigger occasions against tough opponents. Aakash Chopra might be right in pointing out that if youngster Abhishek gets better off Narine and Chakravarthy and help KKR win the match, then he is bound to bolster his chances for a Team India spot in future. (With IANS support)

    Tags
  • Indian Premier League (IPL)
  • Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
  • Abhishek Sharma
  • IPL 2024
  • Sunil Narine
  • Varun Chakaravarthy

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