Aakash Chopra calls for Moeen Ali to sign for Chennai Super Kings

Aakash Chopra calls for Moeen Ali to sign for Chennai Super Kings

AAKASH CHOPRA has suggested the Chennai Super Kings would be a perfect fit for England all-rounder Moeen Ali.

Mr Ali had a three-season spell with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The comments came after the second test between England and India.

Mr Ali scored just six runs of 30 balls in the first innings but hit 43 of 18 in the second as well as four wickets in both of India’s innings.

Mr Chopra tweeted: “Mooen’s innings might have added a couple of hundred thousand dollars to the bidding amount day after.]

“Chennai might not be a bad place for him.

“Dhoni likes players like him.

“They need an offie too.

“He’ll look alright in Yellow me feels #IPLAuction.”

The 33-year-old spinner has played franchise T20 cricket for the Multan Sultans in Pakistan, Cape Town Blitz in South Africa and Rajshahi Royals in Bangladesh.

He has played first-class cricket for Zimbabwean side Matabeleland Tuskers and Moors Sports Club in Sri Lanka.

Domestically, he has played for Worcestershire since 2007 after two years with Warwickshire.

Mr Ali was a World Cup winner in 2019 and in 2020 captained England in a T20i match against Australia in Southampton.

He was the winner of the 2013 PCA Player of the Year award.

In the recent test, Mr Ali bowled out his former captain Virat Kohli.

Having failed to register a run on his first four balls, the fifth tossed up offside top stump and evaded an attempted drive by the India captain.

Mr Kohli did not walk but did after the replay was shown.

Jonathan Agnew said of the incident: “It was an extraordinary performance.

“Presumably the umpires had to show him a review to get him off the field.

“The last person that stood like that after being clean bowled was WG Grace.”

It was Mr Ali’s first Test since August 2019 and his former captain Alastair Cook said on The Cricket Social:

“It did turn big but Moeen did him with the drift – he lured him in.

“That was a beautiful ball. If Graeme Swann bowled that we would be saying ‘that’s amazing’.”

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