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Aakash Chopra: Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer Potentially Missing IPL 2023 is a Huge Blow for DC and KKR

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Aakash Chopra statement Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer

Aakash Chopra statement Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer

Pant and Shreyas are the delegated captains of both DC and KKR and are considered key players for both teams. Even though Pant has already been ruled as DC’s caption and replaced by David Warner, Shreyas is still in doubt after a back injury. The Indian team will miss the ODI series against Australia, and his participation in IPL 2023 is a big doubt.

On his YouTube channel, as quoted by, Chopra said Pant and Shreyas absence is a huge blow for their respective team. The former cricketer explained that replacing the duo would be a tough task for the respective franchise, as finding players with similar skill sets is tough. “Shreyas Iyer is an issue because there are question marks over his fitness. He has got back spasms and has missed a lot of cricket. IPL is in doubt. If Rishabh Pant is not there for Delhi and Shreyas Iyer is not for KKR – these are huge blows.”

“I will tell you why. There is only one player like Rishabh Pant in the entire world, and you are not going to get an Indian batter like Shreyas Iyer as well. When you are not going to get one, and you see this team, you say – ‘Oh gosh,’ what will happen,” said Chopra.

Chopra said that KKR would only find a replacement for Shreyas if he gets ruled out of the IPL 2023 season. “If we focus on Shreyas, you have Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, and Venkatesh Iyer here, but where will you get a top-five Indian batter? That is going to be a huge concern.” “They might have to change their game plan and make Sunil Narine open. Who will do the captaincy? That will be another question. So a lot of questions can come before KKR if he is not available to play a few games in the IPL,” said Chopra.

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