IPL 2021: MS Dhoni Can Afford Rest As CSK Team Has Batting Depth, Says Brian Lara
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IPL 2021: MS Dhoni Can Afford Rest As CSK Team Has Batting Depth, Says Brian Lara

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

Brian Lara, a former West Indies batsman asserted that MS Dhoni should ‘take some rest’ as the team’s batting order is long enough and players like Sam Curran are in form. MS Dhoni scored 17-ball 18 on Monday. The former captain added that 3-time champions CSK should not be expecting too much from MS Dhoni with the bat.

Notably, none of the CSK batsmen could hit even a half-century in the match but the team managed to pile up 188 runs on the board against RR.

Brian Lara David Gray/Reuters
Brian Lara David Gray/Reuters

Brian Lara: MS Dhoni Can Take Some Rest To Be Back In Form

MS Dhoni came ahead of Sam Curran at the 7th position in the match and scored 18 off 17 balls. Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur were the team’s 9th and 10th batsman respectively.

“I don’t think there should be asking for too much effort from MS Dhoni with the bat. Of course, he got the gloves in his hands, he has got to take the catches and do the stumpings. But I find that the batting order is so long, Dhoni can take some rest.

“We want him in form, we know how destructive he can be but he has got so many good players. Look at Sam Curran, who is in great form. He comes in and hits from ball one straightaway,” Brian Lara told Star Sports.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni has played two innings in the ongoing IPL 2021, batting at no. 7 both times. MS Dhoni though earlier said that he preferred to bat higher up the order to give himself more time to settle in. He played two rusty knocks from the no. 7 spots.

The first, a 2-ball duck, came against Delhi Capitals in CSK’s tournament opener. He then batted at the same position against Rajasthan Royals on Monday, scoring a 17-ball 18, which included two boundaries.

Brian Lara: CSK Have Got A Very Good Team, Can Win 4th IPL Trophy

Further, Brian Lara reckoned that CSK can successfully grab their 4th title if MS Dhoni concentrates on bringing the best out of all his players.

“I think they have got a very good team. A good leader who is inspirational. If he concentrates on that aspect of it, getting every single individual performing, they can go all the way,” Brian Lara stated.

IPL 2021: Ravindra Jadeja (CSK/Twitter)
IPL 2021: Ravindra Jadeja (CSK/Twitter)

Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets and grabbed four catches as he put up an amazing all-round show to help CSK earn their second win of IPL 2021 and keep their ships steady with back-to-back victories.  With 2 wins from 3 matches, CSK is currently placed second on the points table behind RCB.

Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali rocked the Rajasthan Royals (RR)  batting line-up with five wickets in less than four overs as they dismissed the likes of David Miller, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, and Chris Morris to jolt the RR run-chase to win by 45 runs.

MOM Moeen Ali starred with the ball having figures of 3/7 while Ravindra Jadeja grabbed 4 catches, adding to his two crucial breakthroughs that powered CSK to a comprehensive win over RR.

Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 188/9 (Faf du Plessis 33, Ambati Rayudu 27; Chetan Sakariya 3/36) beat Rajasthan Royals 143/9 (Jos Buttler 49, Jaydev Unadkat 24; Moeen Ali 3/7) by 45 runs.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a forgettable campaign in IPL 2020, as the franchise finished 7th in the points table and didn’t qualify for the first time for playoffs in IPL history.

MS Dhoni himself who continued to play for CSK after international retirement on August 15, 2020, scored exactly 200 runs in 14 matches at a below-par average of 25 in IPL 2020. It will be interesting to see where the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman plays in CSK’s next game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 15.