IPL 2021: CSK’s soft underbelly will be exposed against DC if top 3 get out early, says Aakash Chopra


Aakash Chopra said that Chennai Super Kings have been a bit over-reliant on their top three — Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali — in IPL 2021.

Chennai’s soft underbelly will be exposed if top 3 get out early: Aakash Chopra (Courtesy by BCCI)


  • Chennai’s soft underbelly will be exposed if top 3 get out early: Aakash Chopra
  • CSK will take on Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021’s 50 match on Monday
  • CSK will have to play Bravo at any cost if they want to win vs DC: Aakash Chopra
Former India cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra believes Chennai Super Kings’ “soft underbelly” or the vulnerable middle order will be exposed if the top three — Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, and Moeen Ali — fail to perform. Chopra pointed out that MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina’s form are ‘weaklings’ which need to be improved upon ahead of the IPL 2021 playoffs.

The top spot is up for grabs as Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings, both of whom have qualified for the play-offs, face each other at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai.

“Suresh Raina has still not scored runs and Dhoni’s bat hasn’t spoken to because he has not got himself to bat much at all. Of course [Ravindra] Jadeja is brilliant, Ruturaj [Gaikwad] is great and so if Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali is saving you too, but these are the weaklings are your opportunities to improve and reach the playoffs with momentum,” Aakash Chopra said.

“I expect runs from the bats of Dhoni and Raina. Ruturaj has been absolutely sensational and I believe he’ll continue to play as he has. But it is also certain that on a day when Ruturaj, Faf, and Moeen get out early, Chennai’s soft under-belly will be exposed.”

Aakash Chopra pointed out that CSK needs in-form all-rounder DJ Bravo back in the playing XI to win against Delhi Capitals (DC) because Sam Curran has been far from impressive.

“Sam Curran is not looking the same player [he was]. He hasn’t got opportunities with the bat but Sam Curran, the bowler, is now looking for a patch of who he was. To be fair, it was the same case in the [India-England] Test series. So if you have to win the match, you’ll have to play Bravo at any cost.”

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