IPL 2020: MS Dhoni Shouldn't Bat Below No. 5 - Ajit Agarkar

IPL 2020: MS Dhoni Shouldn’t Bat Below No. 5 – Ajit Agarkar

MS Dhoni, CSk, IPL,
MS Dhoni-led CSK team. Image Credit: Twitter.

Ajit Agarkar, the former Indian pacer opened up the woes that CSK and MS Dhoni have faced this season on Star Sports’ Fan Week, and he suggested that MS Dhoni needs to change on his batting position as he should bat at No. 5

The Indian Premier League 2020 season was expected to be the big return for former India captain MS Dhoni who announced his retirement on Independence Day from international cricket.

Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

MS Dhoni Fails To Set IPL On Fire Both With Bat And As Skipper

The three-time IPL winning captain, MS Dhoni, had taken an extended break following India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semifinal. Before the start of IPL in September 19 in UAE, he announced his international retirement after leading India to two World Cup wins- 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 50 overs World Cup.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)
MS Dhoni have scored 164 runs only in 10 matches averaging a dismal 27.33. He has not been able to find consistency with the bat, and as a captain, CSK have already lost seven out of 10 games they have placed so far.

Ajit Agarkar: MS Dhoni Shouldn’t Be Batting Lower Than No. 5

Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar opened up on the woes that CSK and Dhoni have faced this season on Star Sports’ Fan Week, and he suggested that MS Dhoni cannot bat lower than No. 5 as he feels it is his ideal position.

MS Dhoni CSK
MS Dhoni CSK. Image Credit: Twitter.

“He is arguably one of the greatest cricketing brains to ever play the game. He can see things and assess situations which other players can’t and you can see, as the tournament progress, his forms getting better as well,” he added.

“So, he shouldn’t be batting lower than No.5 for me,” Agarkar further said.

CSK will next take on 2nd placed Mumbai Indians on Friday. CSK’s selection policies are also baffling as they haven’t played spinners Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santner yet and preferred out of form batsman Kedar Jadhav and spinner Piyush Chawla instead.

Dwayne Bravo is injured, and both Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh opted out of IPL which has hurt CSK the most. Ravindra Jadeja too isn’t upto the mark and the decision not to play Lungi Ngidi is also startling. Lungi Ngidi picked up four wickets from two matches but was ignored for the next matches. Rituraj Gaekwad and Narayan Jagadeesan haven’t been given many opportunities.

Ajit Agarkar meanwhile correctly pointed out that MS Dhoni is frequently changing his batting position, which hasn’t helped the cause of CSK. Ajit Agarkar still mentions MS Dhoni has great cricketing brains and CSK can come back to be in the reckoning for playoffs, but it looks uncertain at this moment.

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