Sanjay Manjrekar has shared an inside story taking place between him and MS Dhoni during the wedding reception of Virat Kohli which demonstrates that the chances of two-time World Cup-winning captain — Dhoni to represent India again may not be over.
Renowned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who was also a former batsman is looking forward to Dhoni having a great IPL 2020 in which he will captain Chennai Super Kings franchise in UAE. He thinks that the conditions will suit the former Indian skipper.
Dhoni practicing hard to regain full fitness ahead of IPL 2020
“During Virat Kohli’s wedding, I had a little corner time with him and he said that as long as I am beating the fastest sprinter in the team, I am going to consider myself fit enough to be playing international cricket or playing high-level cricket,” Manjrekar said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
“So, as a batter, with MS Dhoni in the IPL, I don’t see much difference. In fact, the conditions that we have, I keep saying, is just perfect for Dhoni, where’s it’s going to be about the mind and not just power hitting.”
MS Dhoni has not played any form of cricket since the 2019 World Cup, but still is practicing hard at the indoor training facility in his home town Jharkhand as confirmed by an official of the JSCA International Cricket Stadium.
Suresh Raina who is also Dhoni’s teammate and a close friend have provided an update on Dhoni by saying the helicopter shot, a batting shot mastered by Dhoni, will be seen again in UAE.
Dhoni’s stats are much better in IPL for CSK than T20Is for India
Dhoni’s IPL record is better than T20I’s and Manjrekar backs him for having a great IPL wherein 190 matches, Dhoni has scored 4432 runs at a staggering average of 42.2 with 23 half-centuries in IPL. For India, however, Dhoni has scored only 1617 runs from 98 games in T20Is.
“I think he is going to be very good and one of the reasons that he is so successful and so consistent in the IPL as a batsman as opposed to international is that he knows that there are about four to five bowlers to handle. And there are some good ones and there are some not so good ones in the IPL,” Manjrekar said.
“In international, you have got five quality bowlers, so he’s so good at picking out those guys and going after them. And people with Tendulkar, Dhoni, these are champion cricketers. Once they are on the public stage, you will never see Dhoni ever on a public stage, like a cricket field, looking slightly unfit or unable to sprint or run.”
MS Dhoni has captained the site till 2016 in limited-overs and till 2014 in tests and is the only captain to win all ICC trophies, but his age is nearing 40 and most players retire from cricket at that age.