IPL 2023: Aakash Chopra Opines on Delhi Capitals’ Win vs Gujarat Titans
Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra feels that the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) win in their IPL 2023 match against the Gujarat Titans (GT) has kept their remote hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive as well. The Capitals set a 131-run target for the Titans after opting to bat first at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, May 2 and then their bowlers restricted the opponents to 125/6 to help their team register a five-run win as well.
While talking about the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra added that the Delhi Capitals’ win continued the sequence of upsets and kept them just alive in the tournament. On the other hand, he also highlighted that the Gujarat Titans are well-placed despite the defeat.
“If you see the last four matches, whichever team was there in the top four lost. Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants lost, and now Gujarat Titans have also lost. Delhi have got a win. They are alive but the team is still on the ventilator,” he said. “Everything that was going right for Gujarat fell apart this time. This has happened a few times now this season. They are still secure but losing three matches at home is not a great story. However, they are still a good side.”
However, the Gujarat Titans are placed at the top of the IPL 2023 points table with 12 points from nine games. The Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, have only six points in as many matches and are placed at the bottom of the points table. While picking his most valuable player (MVP) for the game, Aakash Chopra said that there were a plethora of notable performances, stating:
“I am going with an uncapped player – Aman Khan” – Aakash Chopra names his MVP
“I am going to go with a very unlikely hero. You get many praiseworthy performances in a low-scoring match. Mohammad Shami – the best bowler on the day. Then the runs Aman Khan scored because of which Delhi continued to breathe. Then Hardik Pandya scored a half-century. What about Khaleel Ahmed and Ishant Sharma?”
However, he chose Aman Hakim Khan as his MVP. Khan came to bat when the Delhi Capitals were struggling at 23/5 after five overs. He scored a 44-ball 51 and added together a half-century partnership with Axar Patel (27 off 30) and Ripal Patel (23 off 13) to take his team to a fighting total.
“I am going with an uncapped player – Aman Khan. He is my most valuable player for the simple reason that he is uncapped, there was a lot of pressure as the team had collapsed. Ishant Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed and Hardik Pandya wouldn’t have come into this match if he had not scored that fifty,” Aakash Chopra concluded.