Chennai Super Kings, the three-time IPL champions are faring well in the 14th edition of the league, placing second on the table with their three-out-of-four victories so far. While skipper MS Dhoni has underwhelmed expectations as a cricketer so far, he has managed to keep CSK’s win streak going as a captain, ever since their loss against Delhi Capitals in the series opener.
However, some are in disagreement about his role within the team with former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir remarking that MS Dhoni coming in at No.7 was detrimental to the team’s batting order, as they needed him higher up top. Gautam Gambir expressed the belief that MS Dhoni would be better off at No.3, in order to keep the runs coming in steady for the team.
Chennai Super Kings’ Skipper MS Dhoni Can Take Some Rest: Brian Lara
MS Dhoni has amassed 35 runs only in 4 games and will be looking to amend the average of 11.66 in the next match against table-toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore. He isn’t in red hot form considering his age and retirement from international cricket in mind as he is playing only in the IPL.
Brian Lara, however, opined that the CSK skipper did not need to come in so early, considering the existing depth of the Yellow Army’s batting order.
Taking to Star Sports, Brian Lara said, “Of course, he got the gloves in his hands, he has got to take the catches and do the stumpings. But I find that batting order is so long, Dhoni can take some rest.”
With Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo already forming the batting order, he remarked that MS Dhoni’s focus should be on running the ship as captain.
“If he concentrates on that aspect of it, getting every single individual performing, they can go all the way,” Lara added.
However, with both these remarks coming within days of each other, several are of the belief that they might spark controversy. CSK recently stepped off the plate with an 18-run victory against Kolkata Knight Riders and will be heading into a fierce battle with table-toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday, April 25.
Chennai Super Kings Are Having A Good IPL 2021 In Contrast To IPL 2020 Where They Finished 7th
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.
Chennai Super Kings lost their first game against Delhi Capitals by 7 wickets despite scoring 188/7 with veteran Suresh Raina scoring 54 in a lost cause after a long layoff. Delhi Capitals’ Prithvi Shaw scored 72 and Shikhar Dhawan, the leading run-scorer in the ongoing IPL 2021 scored 85.
In the next match, Chennai Super Kings bundled Punjab Kings to a mere 106/8 and won the match by 6 wickets. For CSK, Deepak Chahar took 4/13 and Moeen Ali scored 46 as they reached the target in the 16th over.
In the 3rd match, Chennai Super Kings scored 188/9 with all batsmen getting starts. In reply, Rajasthan could only manage 143/9 despite Jos Buttler’s 49 as Moeen Ali registered match-winning figures of 3/7 in his 3 overs. Ravindra Jadeja took 2 catches and picked 2 scalps in CSK’s 2nd successive win.
CSK won their 3rd match on the trot when the team overcame a late assault from the Kolkata Knight Riders trio of Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, and Pat Cummins to win by 18 runs after posting a mammoth 220/3.
Ruturaj Gaikwad returned to form scoring 64 while another opener Faf du Plessis scored 95 and remained unbeaten.
In reply, KKR was down and out of the game with Deepak Chahar picking 4/29 as the team was reduced to 31/5 before the late comeback. Pacer Lungi Ngidi picked 3/28 as Dinesh Karthik’s 40, Andre Russell’s 54, and Pat Cummins’s unbeaten 66 went in vain.