By India Today Sports Desk: Former cricketer Aakash Chopra has claimed that the IPL 2023 final could be Moeen Ali’s night as he tipped the England all-rounder to come good in the match in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Moeen has been a mainstay for CSK over the past few seasons, but the ongoing campaign hasn’t been one of the best for the Englishman. In the 14 matches that he has played this season, Moeen has only made 124 runs at an average of 17.71.
The 35-year-old has found himself down the order when it comes to batting, with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube being preferred ahead of him.
Moeen has nine wickets to his name this campaign but CSK skipper MS Dhoni hasn’t turned to the England all-rounder this season with the ball.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, as quoted by Sportskeeda, Chopra said that Dhoni has thought something about Moeen and the IPL 2023 final could be his night.
“Captain Dhoni is not using him (Moeen) at all. He is neither getting him to bat nor bowl. He has thought something about him. This could be his night. Jadeja might come good with the bat but his bowling might not work here because the pitch is going to be favorable for batting,” said Chopra.
Chopra also suggested that GT might look to attack Dube with spin during the final in Ahmedabad as the CSK batter has had issues against the slower bowlers.
“Dube will have slight problems against spin. He got dismissed by Noor Ahmad in the last match as well. Now also they will try to trap him not with fast bowling but with spin bowling,” said Chopra.
Chopra also tipped Rahane to come good in the final and said the Indian batter could be the bank for CSK at No.3.
“Ajinkya Rahane has not played well in Chennai. He has scored more runs as soon as he has gone out of Chennai. He has come away again and I feel he can score runs here. Ajinkya Rahane could be that bank at No. 3,” said Chopra.