Former Indian opener and reputated commentator Aakash Chopra has picked his ideal playing XI for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Dream11 IPL 2020. Interacting with fans on Facebook, Aakash Chopra put his thinking cap on to pick the strongest possible RCB lineup for the upcoming IPL.
The former Kolkata Knight Riders player chose the Australian T20 and ODI captain Aaron Finch as one of RCB’s openers, calling him a match-winner. Chopra picked youngster Devdutt Padikkal as Finch’s opening partner in his RCB XI ahead of Parthiv Patel.
Unsurprisingly, for the No. 3 spot, he opted to bat Virat Kohli in his playing XI, giving more balance to the middle order.
Chopra then picked South African legend AB de Villiers at No. 4, and also as the main wicket-keeper in his ideal RCB team. This will allow Padikkal to play at the top of the order.
For the No. 5 spot, he chose England’s Moeen Ali as a batting all-rounder in his preferred RCB XI.
Along with Ali, youngster Shivam Dube is the other batting all-rounder who made it to Aakash Chopra’s ideal XI. The tall Mumbaikar has enjoyed international success now.
He then pointed out that RCB would have to pick South African all-rounder Chris Morris in their playing XI, considering the huge amount they dished out for him at the auction.
For the No. 8 spot, Washington Sundar was the final all-rounder in Chopra’s RCB line-up, with the off-spinner more than capable of bowling in the powerplay as well.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the only specialist spinner picked by Aakash Chopra, as he predicts the
leg-spinner to do well in the UAE pitches.
For the No. 10 and No. 11 spot, he went for Navdeep Saini as one of the main seamers in his XI with RCB having the option to choose between Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj as other pacers.
Chopra signed off by picking Captain Virat Kohli as RCB’s star performer in IPL 2020, while also proclaiming that the team wouldn’t finish in bottom four of the table like previous seasons.