Former India player turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra has applauded Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Cameron Green for once again helping his side in the IPL 2023 Eliminator against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). Green smashed a 23-ball 41 as Mumbai set a 183-run target for LSG in Chennai on Wednesday, May 24. Akash Madhwal (5/5) then stepped up with the ball as the five-time IPL title winner registered a comprehensive 81-run win and booked their spot in Qualifier 2 against the Gujarat Titans as well.

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While talking about the Mumbai Indians’ batting in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra lauded Green for repaying the franchise for batting him at No. 3. He also praised Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav and Nehal Wadhera for their crucial contributions with the bat as well. He said:

“Cameron Green scored runs. Another story is that if you play him at No. 3 regularly, he will give you runs. You yourself halved his stature when you moved him down the order. It is not enjoyable when you send him down the order. After that, Tilak Varma was fit and came to bat. He batted extremely well. He is a shining star. Suryakumar Yadav batted for a short while, but he also batted well. So both of them batted well and then Nehal Wadhera came in the end and did a great job.”

IPL 2023: “The real team is prepared through scouts” – Aakash Chopra

IPL 2023: "The real team is prepared through scouts" - Aakash Chopra
IPL 2023: “The real team is prepared through scouts” – Aakash Chopra

While Yadav scored a 20-ball 33, Verma scored a steady 26 runs off 22 balls. Wadhera, who came in as the Impact Player, smashed a quick 23 runs off 12 balls to help the Mumbai Indians post a decent total as well.

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While talking about the Mumbai Indians having a few big-ticket players, Aakash Chopra stated that their scouting makes them a formidable unit as well. Notably, their senior pros like Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer failed to feature whereas youngsters stepped up as well.

“Whether it is Wadhera, Tilak Varma or Akash Madhwal, this team has shown that they pick big players by spending huge sums – Ishan Kishan at 15.25 crores, Rohit Sharma at 16 crores and Cameron Green at 17.5 crores – but the real team is prepared through scouts. You will have to praise Mumbai, they do very good scouting. They manage to find players and bring them in. Pick players with less money and then make a team – that’s what Mumbai is all about,” Aakash Chopra concluded.

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