IPL 2020: MS Dhoni didn’t draw back from duties of a pacesetter, he gave CSK finest shot of successful, says Aakash Chopra

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Before the continuing season of Indian Premier League, MS Dhoni’s last presence in a cricket match was on the World Cup last yr throughout India’s semifinal defeat towards New Zealand. Dhoni took a sabbatical from the game afterwards, and was set to return to play for Chennai Super Kings in IPL in March. But the match was postponed indefinitely as a result of Covid-19 outbreak.

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Now, when IPL finally kicked off in September, followers received to see Dhoni return to bat after practically 14 months. But Dhoni, who had introduced his worldwide retirement in August, gave the followers one other jolt of shock as he demoted himself decrease down the batting order. (IPL 2020 Full Coverage)

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Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran appear in to bat over Dhoni towards Mumbai Indians within the first game. Curran smashed 18 runs off 6 balls to win the match for his aspect. In the 2nd game towards Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni appear in at no. 7 place to bat, however it was already too late for CSK, who had been chasing 217.

Dhoni struck three sixes within the finishing over, however it was not sufficient to win the sport for his aspect. While Dhoni’s determination to push himself decrease down the order has invited criticism, former India opener Aakash Chopra appear to his defence and stated that Dhoni was giving CSK the very best likelihood of successful the sport.

“It was also about the fact that Dhoni hadn’t played competitive cricket in 14 months. After the game against Rajasthan, he admitted that he was rusty. The long layoff, followed by the long quarantine did not help his cause as a batsman,” Aakash Chopra wrote in a column for ESPNCricinfo.

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“What it tells me about Dhoni is that he is a realist, for he is the first to admit that his lack of confidence in his batting abilities played a part in the making of those crucial decisions. There’s a thin line between bravado and foolishness, and also a thin line that separates caution and fear,” he added.

“I think the idea of demoting himself in the first two games was not to shy away from the responsibilities of a leader but to give Chennai the best shot at winning the game. Dhoni felt that he wasn’t ready to bring the team home and chose not to let ego come in the way of a pragmatic decision.

“He started this tournament with no form whatsoever and has now worked himself into some kind of form with the three sixes in the final over against the Royals. As the matches shift to venues where scores in excess of 200 won’t come about too often, Dhoni might quietly start fitting himself into places in the batting order from where he will be able to make significant contributions to wins,” Chopra stated.

Chennai Super Kings will tackle Delhi Capitals on Friday.

[Attribution HT]

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