Back to back defeats for the Chennai Super Kings under the leadership of MS Dhoni have raised many brows among the cricket fraternity. Though CSK started the 13th edition of IPL on a winning note, the losses against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals, that too at the start of the season, haven’t gone too well with the public.
In both these instances, Chennai Super Kings lost the matches while chasing. The batsmen found it difficult to forge a partnership and accelerate the innings which cost them the matches. Also, skipper MS Dhoni has been under heavy scrutiny for his batting order, considering he came out to bat at No.7 versus Rajasthan Royals, and at No. 6 against Delhi Capitals.
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Many former cricketers have spoken their views on how the Chennai Super Kings have performed in their initial three matches, and the major concerns being the absence of Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni’s abilities as a batsman. Even Aakash Chopra spoke about this on his YouTube channel, highlighting the issues that CSK is up against.
Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja, who has been a part of 196 ODIs and aggregated over 5300 runs, spoke on MS Dhoni’s performances and the position that he has come out to bat in the matches contested in IPL 2020. He even added that the newer generation of cricket watchers would not remember the great MS Dhoni of before, who was one of the greatest captains and one of the best white ball cricketers ever.
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“Dhoni has retired from Indian cricket team duty but is still leading CSK. Those kids who have started watching cricket now, would remember the Dhoni they are seeing on the screens, contrary to the great cricketer they were being told about before, which is the sad part,” said Jadeja during his interaction with Gayrav Kapoor on Cricbuzz.
The former cricketer was very critical of the position at which MS Dhoni is batting at present. He even mentioned that the only way CSK skipper can win the battle is by fighting from the front.
“I would again say the same thing. I am not happy with MS Dhoni’s batting position. No war is won while fighting from behind. There’s a saying in the Army that a war concludes when the General steps out” added Jadeja.
So far, MS Dhoni has played three innings in IPL 2020. He remained not-out in the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians, scored 29* versus Rajasthan Royals, and mere 15 runs in the lately concluded match against Delhi Capitals.
Earlier, the fans had anticipated that MS Dhoni will promote himself up the order, as was the case in IPL 2018 wherein he clobbered over 450 runs averaging 75.83. He batted in the middle-order and was the highest run-getter for CSK with 416 runs under his belt.
Chennai Super Kings will be taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad on October 2 in Dubai.
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