Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India opener Aakash Chopra has questioned about veteran batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s role for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Though Rahane has been performing miserably in IPL 2024, question mark has been raised over CSK’s intention over persisting with the veteran batsman.

“You didn’t play Richard Gleeson in this match. You played Rachin Ravindra in his place. You strengthened your batting. You got Ravindra to open but Rahane came with him. The fans were thinking – ‘Ruturaj, you are scoring runs daily as an opener, so why are you not opening?’ Anyhow, Rachin Ravindra got run out for one in the first over itself against GT,” said Chopra on his official YouTube channel.

“Ajinkya Rahane got out to the first ball off the next over. Two were out and when Ruturaj was the third out for zero, the match was almost set because it had become 10/3. There is no idea about Rahane’s role. Why are you persisting with him for so long? Sameer Rizvi could have played in this match,” the former India opener added.

Notably, CSK are currently lagging on the fourth spot of the points table with 12 points from 12 matches with six victories and as many defeats.