Report: Mahendra Singh Dhoni Skips Practice Session Ahead of Delhi Encounter
Sitting at the second spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table and having already qualified for the playoffs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will lock horns with Delhi Daredevils (DD).
On the other side, Shreyas Iyer’s boys are out of the contention for a knock-out berth and will take the field to play for the pride.
Skipper Dhoni skipped team’s optional practice session on May 17 according to Sportstar’s report.
Under the scorching sun, the likes of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu sweated it out. The batting has clicked for Chennai this season and the top-order has been doing the bulk of the job.
Delhi may swing in changes:
The tie against the Daredevils will be more than just a dead rubber as a win will take Chennai to the top spot in the points table and seal the qualifiers’ berth.
Daredevils, on the other hand, will try out their combinations. In their previous encounter, the side presented caps to three newbies- Sandeep Lamichanne, Junior Dala, and Abhishek Sharma. It will be interesting to see if any of the bench warmers get a look in. The likes of Jayant Yadav and Manjot Kalra are yet to play in this season.
There is also a possibility of seeing Gautam Gambhir walk into the eleven. He hasn’t played a game for long and with Delhi at the bottom, he might just end the season on a positive note.
The Delhi unit faltered against Virat Kohli’s men in their last game even after scoring an impressive 181 for four.
The Delhi skipper Iyer has time and again spoke about their inability to bowl according to plan.
“With the start we got, I thought 180 was more than enough. Unfortunately, we are just not able to defend totals. Lots of positives with the bat, but can’t execute bowling plans. Not feeling any pressure, because I am able to bat very well. But today was one of those bad days when I couldn’t connect anything. About pressure, you can’t just control it.” Iyer reflected on their loss against RCB.
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