IPL 2019: MS Dhoni Criticises Top-Order's Poor Approach To The Chase

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni Criticises Top-Order’s Poor Approach To The Chase

MS Dhoni, CSK,IPL 2019
Dhoni scored most runs for the CSK in the IPL 2019. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL

It was a tough night to swallow for CSK fans, as they were short by just 1 run. However, they would have gone back home with happy faces, as their Thala MS Dhoni entertained them with his stunning knock in the middle. Meanwhile, the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lashes out at the top-order batsman.

Chasing a moderate tally of 161 runs on the board, the openers never stood in the middle for the team. They were outsmarted by the classy bowling of Royal Challengers Bangalore, which made the chase look tough for the team. If not MS Dhoni’s knock, it would have been a bigger loss in terms of margin.

You got to stick to your plans – MS Dhoni

Speaking after the loss, Mahendra Singh Dhoni quoted that the top-order batsmen failed to understand the game, which denied them having a good start in the chase. He quoted that the batsmen need to execute and stick to the plans, especially, when you are aware of the opposition plans.

MS Dhoni
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He felt that the poor strokes of the top-order will hand extra-pressure on the middle-order lineup, where they can’t really target a specific bowler, as it involves high risk. He also spoke regarding the calculative risks, which need to be taken on such a track.

”We did really well to restrict them to a below-par total, but we needed some good batting at the top. Once you know the opposition attack, you gotta stick to your plans and if you lose too many wickets upfront that puts pressure and the middle order really can’t go after the bowlers from the start. We have to carefully see what are the areas we want to take that risk,” MS Dhoni said.

Top three batsmen can never be the finishers –

Further, he went on to express his opinion saying that the top three batsmen can never be the finishers for the team. He wants his openers to take the calculative risks before going for their shots, especially, in a chase like that.

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni Criticises Top-Order's Poor Approach To The Chase 1
Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

”The problem arises once you play a big shot and you can’t really get out because that puts a lot of pressure on the other batsmen. That’s something we need to calculate. That’s why I think the top three can never be finishers, they may do it a few times, but when you bat at 5, 6 or 7 whatever you are calculating you have to put a lot of thinking behind it because you lose one more wicket and the game is over at that point of time,” he added.

Well, it would be interesting to see how the top-order responds to the skipper MS Dhoni in their next game. Currently, they are on top of the table with 7 wins out of their 10 games. In the next assignment, they will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at Cheppauk on April 23rd.

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