Aakash Chopra, former cricketer of India and currently famous Hindi commentator, has selected the playing XI of the franchise team Punjab Kings for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the auction for IPL 2021, Punjab Kings bought Riley Meredith for Rs 8 crore, but Akash has not given this player a place in his playing XI. Akash Chopra has given the responsibility of opening the innings in his playing XI to captain KL Rahul and T20 specialist Chris Gayle.
Apart from this, in this playing XI, Akash Chopra has replaced Moises Henriques as an all-rounder, whose arrival will give the team the balance. Aakash Chopra said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel, ‘As an opener I will go with Rahul and Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal at number-3 and Nicholas Pooran at number-4, while Deepak Hooda batting at number-5 Will get down for Moises Henriques will be at number 6, you will definitely want to feed him, because his arrival will bring balance in your team.
Akash Chopra further said, ‘At number-7 you can take Shah Rukh, Mandeep or Sarfaraz, whichever you choose, it will not make much difference. But if you have such a batting order, then you get a lot of freedom in choosing the team. This season, the team should play with this freedom. Aakash Chopra has not retained Australian bowler Riley Meredith in his playing eleven. He further said, ‘Then your four bowlers Ashwin, Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami and Jhay Richardson. This will be my team, if you want to feed a lesser spinner, then you can keep Arshdeep in the team. Punjab Kings are scheduled to play their first match against Rajasthan Royals on 12 April.