Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has made a name for himself as a commentator and analyst. However, his recent analysis of Delhi Daredevil’s performance in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League (IPL 2017) didn’t go down well with fans. After Delhi was knocked out of the tournament despite winning its last match against Gujarat Lions, Chopra took to Twitter to criticise team management and its selection strategy. “You get brilliance & inconsistency from youth. #DD rode on their brilliance but didn’t invest in experience to cover for their inconsistency,” wrote Chopra. Even though the former Indian batsman didn’t take any names, his comments angered the fans of Rahul Dravid who is currently the mentor of the side.
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— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 2, 2017
People were quick to remind Chopra that he represented India in just 10 matches and failed to score a single century so has no right to question a legend like Dravid. Despite having a decent start to his career, Chopra failed to live up to the expectations and scored only 437 runs from 10 matches at an average of 23.00.
Here are some Twitter reactions:
@cricketaakash Pls u should not talk abt experience..coming from a person who has hardly played 10 matches frm india is not worth it..
— Prateek vasanta (@vasanta_prateek) May 11, 2017
@cricketaakash Think before questioning THE WALL Rahul Dravid..You have played mere 10 test matches..and stand here to question The all time great..
— vineet vk (@vineet_kargeti) May 11, 2017
@cricketaakash That’s what DRAVID believes in & experiments with- the Process of Growing Up for the youngsters important for him than the product-winning!
— Amber Banerjee (@Amber_Banerjee) May 11, 2017
@cricketaakash By the wy who is akash chopra no buddy knws him what he did in his career ????????????????
— issushilhirey (@sushilhirey) May 11, 2017
— Pratyush Ranjan (@iPratyushh) May 11, 2017
@cricketaakash says the man who has played matches in the IPL countable on the fingers.
— Mehul sood (@mehul_sood) May 12, 2017
Dravid, on the other hand, is also the coach of India A and Under-19 teams. He is believed to be the man who has groomed players like Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Karun Nair from a very early age. This year, in the absence of Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy, Delhi Daredevils trusted their young batting line-up with Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer featuring in top-4. There were some good individual performances but collectively the batting unit failed to set the stage on fire and DD once again, couldn’t make it to the playoffs.