Indian Premier League 2020, Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni bats at No. 7, says none, Gautam Gambhir
Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir had beaten Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni to bat at number seven while chasing 217 against Rajasthan Royals. His remarks came after CSK’s 16-run defeat against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni came to bat at 114/5 with CSK in the 14th over of the innings. The team still needed 103 runs to win at that time and many pundits and experts have said that Dhoni should have come earlier. Sam Karran, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad came in front of Dhoni to bat against Rajasthan.
“I was a little surprised, to be honest. MS Dhoni bats at number 7? And sending him to Gaekwad, Sam Curren before that. There’s no point for me. In fact, you should move from the front. And not this, What you call a front-leading. Batting at number seven chasing 217? The game was over. Faf was probably the lone warrior, “ESPN Cricinfo quoted Gambhir.
“Yes, you can talk about MS Dhoni’s last over when he hit three sixes, but it was no use to be honest. It was just all individual runs. See, if someone else did it then somebody And the captain would have batted. ” At number seven, that would have been a lot of flak. This is MS Dhoni – maybe why people don’t talk about it. When you don’t have Suresh Raina, you are convincing people that Sam Curran is better than you. You are making people believe that Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karan, Kedar Jadhav, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, all these people are better than you, ”he said.
Dhoni was initially a bit difficult as he was able to score just nine runs off his first twelve balls, but in the final over, CSK needed 38 runs to win, Dhoni was able to score 20 runs, including three sixes.
“If you get out early then there is nothing wrong, at least start moving from the front, as well as try to motivate the team. What did you do in the last over, maybe if you did that at number 4 Will come on Or 5, with Faf, you could make a game out of it. But perhaps there was no intention that this would make a game.
“I felt that after the first six overs, he had literally left the game. And maybe MS was trying to get back into that rhythm of batting by the end and getting some runs under his belt so that he would actually I could play this kind of game. ” Innings in the coming games. You have to be in the present, try and win each game. I felt that there was no intention of winning the game and they never followed. You can talk about Faf’s innings. But Faf initially struggled big time. So I thought it was a complete misscall, maybe not even the right captaincy. It is not like you ask someone like MS to lead the side, ”he said.
For CSK, Faf du Plessis top scored by playing 72 runs in just 37 balls. The MS Dhoni-led team eventually scored 200 runs, but they still lost the match by 16 runs.
Earlier, Sanju Samson smashed 74 runs off just 32 balls to take Rajasthan Royals to 216/7 from a total of twenty overs. Captain Steve Smith also scored 69 runs.
The game-changing moment came in the final over of Rajasthan’s innings as Jofra Archer dismissed CSK’s lungi ngidi for 30 runs.
CSK will next face Delhi on 25 September while Rajasthan will face Kings XI Punjab on 27 September.