Pragyan Ojha, former Indian spinner who also represented various IPL franchises on Tuesday reacted to MS Dhoni’s “did not see the spark in some of our youngsters” comment and pointed out that the CSK skipper must have spoken about Kedar Jadhav.
Pragyan Ojha said that if MS Dhoni’s ‘youngster spark comment’ was directed at young CSK players like 23 year old Rituraj Gaekwad and 24 year old Narayan Jagadeesan then it is unfair since both have got limited opportunities to prove themselves.
Pragyan Ojha: MS Dhoni’s Messages Are Cryptic
However, Pragyan Ojha also said MS Dhoni’s messages are cryptic as he was probably pointing to 35-year-old Kedar Jadhav and 31-year-old Piyush Chawla for non-performance and he was very sure that the CSK skipper will never comment on the two young players.
MS Dhoni said the Chennai Super Kings’ youngsters didn’t show enough spark for them to push the senior players out of the team but also confirmed that the younger players will be given chances in the forthcoming games.
“It’s fair enough [the criticism for not playing youngsters], this season we weren’t there. Maybe we didn’t see as much spark from some of our youngsters. Maybe going forward we bring them in and they play without pressure,” MS Dhoni had said.
“Who is the youngster? If he is referring to himself as senior players and he is talking about. Did he mention Ruturaj and Jagadeesan? He must have spoken about Kedar. What I have seen of MS Dhoni is that his messages are very very cryptic,” Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.
Batsman Rituraj Gaekwad had played only 2 matches scoring 5 runs while Narayan Jagadeesan has featured in only 1 match scoring 33 runs off 28 balls. Other guys like KM Asif have played only 2 matches picking up 3 wickets in an earlier edition of IPL and Ravi Sai Kishore and Monu Kumar are yet to debut.
Pragyan Ojha Is Sure That MS Dhoni Is Not Talking About Narayan Jagadeesan And Rituraj Gaekwad Since Both Have Featured In A Few Matches
CSK are at the bottom of the points table with batsmen like Murali Vijay scoring only 32 runs in 3 matches and Kedar Jadhav scoring only 62 runs in 8 appearances. Moreover, fans have questioned the team’s selection policies with both spinners Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santner not getting a single chance along with pacer Lungi Ngidi who picked 4 wickets in 2 games averaging 23.5.
“I am very sure he will never comment on these two young boys. Why will I comment on a player who has played one game? I want to go more deeply into this. If it is about those two guys (Ruturaj and Jagadeesan) then I don’t back it for sure. But what if he is talking about Piyush Chawla, he is talking about others.”
“I am very sure he is not talking about these two boys because they have just played two games. How can you judge anybody with 1 or 2 games? That will be very unfair. If the statement is about those two boys then it is unfair,” Ojha added.
RR’s victory pushed CSK at the bottom of the IPL 2020 points table. Chennai are at a position where one more defeat can end their playoff hopes and they will also depend upon outcomes of other matches.