Aakash Chopra

Following Punjab Kings’ defeat against Delhi Capitals in match no. 64 of the ongoing IPL 2023, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra strongly criticized the PBKS management for their handling of young pacer Arshdeep Singh.

Of particular note was the fact that the 24-year-old was not given the new ball, and skipper Shikhar Dhawan did not introduce him during the death overs. Consequently, the left-arm seamer only bowled two overs in the middle, conceding 21 runs in the process.

After the match, Chopra took to Twitter to highlight this issue and demanded an explanation from the PBKS management for their decision. He also emphasized that Arshdeep, who was previously in the race for the IPL 2023 Purple Cap, lost his position due to the team’s inability to utilize him effectively throughout the tournament.

“Arshdeep began this tournament in the race for the Purple Cap… but he’s no longer bowling with the new ball. He’s also not bowling in the death overs. And I don’t believe it’s solely due to captaincy. The PBKS team management must clarify why and how Arshdeep has been marginalized,” tweeted Chopra.