Former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad has pointed out that the reason for MS Dhoni’s string of low scores — is that he is not match fit. According to him, at Dhoni’s age, it becomes difficult to be entirely fit.
Before featuring in the IPL 2020, MS Dhoni was under sabbatical for over a year from cricket. He last played a competitive match against New Zealand during the World Cup 2019.
Speaking to Indian express, Javed Miandad stated that although CSK captain is physically fit, the problem lies in his timing and reflexes because he is not match fit.
“Your physical ability is inversely proportional to your age. As you grow older, your physical ability goes down and you must work harder on your fitness to get going at the highest level […] Physically Dhoni is still very fit,” Javed Miandad said.
“I am talking about his match fitness. For a player of Dhoni’s age, it becomes even more difficult […] To me, the problem areas are his timing and reflexes. If a player is not totally match-fit, his timing and reflexes get slower.”
MS Dhoni should increase his net sessions: Javed Miandad
Javed Miandad has suggested MS Dhoni follow more exercises drill to improve his timing and body position. He added that the former Indian cricketer should double his hour of net sessions.
“What I have seen, his body positions were not right for certain shots. This is a reason why he is struggling with his timing […] My suggestion to Dhoni will be to increase his exercise drills and batting time at the nets.
“If he is doing 20 sit-ups (for example), he can increase it to 30. If he doing five sprints, he can increase it to eight. If he is spending an hour at the nets for batting practice, he can increase it to two hours,” Miandad added.
Tagged as one of the best finishers, MS Dhoni has lost his wicket cheaply, scoring a meagre 136 runs from nine games at a strike rate of 132.03.
While CSK is having a rough patch this season, Dhoni would be hoping to produce magical spells in the coming matches to seal the spot in the playoffs.