MS Dhoni received flak for his decision to come at number 7 in Chennai Super King’s (CSK) loss to Rajasthan Royals (RR). CSK had the won the toss and chosen to field, as RR ran rampage at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium scoring 216 runs. RR’s Sanju Samson got 74 runs off 32 balls including nine sixes and one four gave Rajasthan a superb start to the game where they made 216 runs.
Faf du Plessis coming at the number three spot was the only big scorer for the Chennai based side, making 72 runs off 37 balls. Chennai’s defeat and Dhoni coming down the order caused a spur as former cricketers led the digs on the former Indian skipper. His former teammate Gautam Gambhir led the charge of criticism against him by saying that he didn’t lead the side in their chase by coming up the order.
Stephen Fleming defends MS Dhoni on his heavy criticism
Dhoni has been heavily criticised by some notable names including his ex India teammates Gautam Gambhir and Virendra Sehwag for coming at number 7 to bat when the team was chasing a big target. CSK head coach Stephen Fleming has come to his defence stating that Dhoni hasn’t played a lot of cricket in the past one-and-a-half-year while everyone still expects him to just come on and show the same form of his past. He said that it won’t just happen and needs a bit of work.
“MS is one of the players that hasn’t played much cricket in the last year-and-a-half. Everyone expects MS to come out and do what he has done in the past. It doesn’t just happen, it takes a bit of work.”
“… a part of his process of getting up to speed is his game time and that (match against RR) was really the first time that he’d batted in the middle apart from a couple of balls against Mumbai Indians,” said Stephen Fleming
According to the reports in Insidesport, CSK coach Stephen Fleming has had a long conversation with MS Dhoni and has convinced him to bat up the order in CSK ‘s next match which is against Delhi Capitals.
CSK to play DC in their 3rd IPL match
The Chennai Super Kings will play Delhi Capitals on September 25 in the Dubai International stadium. MS Dhoni is most likely to come at the number 4 or 5 spot, according to reports of head coach Fleming convincing him to bat up the order.
Dhoni is just two sixes away from entering the 300 sixes club in T20 cricket and will look to achieve the feat in today’s match. He will become the third Indian cricketer to cross the 300-mark of sixes in T20 cricket, behind Rohit Sharma (367) and Suresh Raina (311).