IPL 2021: MS Dhoni Must Bat Higher Up The Order And Guide CSK Youngsters, Says Sunil Gavaskar
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IPL 2021: MS Dhoni Must Bat Higher Up The Order And Guide CSK Youngsters, Says Sunil Gavaskar

MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar, a former India skipper has a piece of advice for CSK skipper veteran MS Dhoni. Sunil Gavaskar wants MS Dhoni to bat a little up the order in IPL 2021 as the CSK skipper needs to guide youngsters.

There was a lot of anticipation regarding MS Dhoni’s return to cricket. But the CSK skipper could only manage to face 2 balls as he was dismissed by Avesh Khan without scoring.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

Sunil Gavaskar: MS Dhoni Needs To Guide CSK As He Needs To Tinker With His Batting Order In The Upcoming Matches

Chennai Super Kings’ Indian Premier League 2021 campaign got off to a disappointing start. Batting first, CSK scored 188 runs in 20 overs with Suresh Raina hitting a fifty on comeback before being run out, unfortunately. But Delhi openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan were in great form as they smashed 72 and 85 respectively to take the game away from CSK. DC eventually chased down the target in 18.4 overs with seven wickets to spare.

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)

“I think as far as CSK is concerned, MS Dhoni also has to take a few calls about his batting order. He came down and he thinks maybe he should bat only for the last four-five overs. But I think he also needs to guides the team a little bit.

“He has a team of youngsters, some of them are pretty young. Even Sam Curran is not too old as far as international cricket is concerned, and he batted so well. So, yes, maybe he looks at having Sam Curran up the batting order at no. 3 or 4 just like he was in the UAE,” Sunil Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

There were a lot of talks doing the rounds regarding MS Dhoni’s return to cricket. But the CSK skipper could only manage to face 2 balls before being dismissed by pacer Avesh Khan. MS Dhoni would like to turn around the performances of CSK in their quest to win their fourth IPL title.

Sunil Gavaskar: MS Dhoni Needs To Bat Higher Up The Order

CSK’s total was mainly due to the contributions of comeback man Suresh Raina’s 54, Moeen Ali’s 36, and Sam Curran’s 34. Openers Faf Du Plessis (0), Ruturaj Gaikwad (5) failed while MS Dhoni too didn’t score. Ambati Rayudu looked good before throwing his wicket away after scoring 23 off 16 balls.

Moeen Ali was looking good but played an unnecessary shot of Ravichandran Ashwin after hitting 2 consecutive sixes. Suresh Raina was run out when he was looking to play big innings.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“But Dhoni also has to come up the batting order somewhere down the line. Because that is the way he will be able to control it. He was out on the 2nd ball he faced today, that can happen to anybody. But as the tournament progresses, he has to come at a little bit higher, maybe at 6, maybe at 5, and show the way,” Sunil Gavaskar said.

CSK had given a tricky target of 189 to chase but Delhi’s batsmen were up to it as the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw laid the solid foundation with a 138 run opening stand-in only 13.3 overs. CSK’s total was mainly due to the contributions of Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, and Sam Curran.

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (w/c), Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar

Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Tom Curran, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan

CSK will face Punjab Kings on April 16 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in their second match. They may bring in the likes of Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Lungi Ngidi, and Krishnappa Gowtham for the next game.