IPL 2020: ‘They were all just personal runs’ – MS Dhoni batting at No. 7 ‘makes no sense’ to Gautam Gambhir

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Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir was stunned to see MS Dhoni bat so down the order, regardless of Chennai Super Kings chasing an enormous 217-run goal to win. In a still chase on Tuesday night time, the likes of Sam Curran, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Kedar Jadhav batted at No. 4, 5 and 6 respectively whereas Dhoni reserved himself for No. 7. Gambhir, the previous Kolkata Knight Riders captain, who led the franchise to 2 IPL titles, felt that Dhoni ought to have batted increased and led from the entrance.

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“I was a bit surprised to be honest,” Gambhir mentioned on ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time Out. “MS Dhoni batting at No. 7? And sending [Ruturaj] Gaikwad before him, Sam Curran before him. Makes no sense to me. In fact, you should be leading from the front. And this is not what you call leading from the front. Batting at No. 7 when you’re chasing what… 213 [217]? The game was over. Faf was probably the lone warrior.”

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Like Gambhir talked about, Faf du Plessis top-scored 72 off 37 balls together with seven sixes, an effort that gave CSK an opportunity after that they had been diminished to 77/Four in Match of IPL 2020. Dhoni did come out to companion du Plessis and despite the fact that the previous India captain managed to stay unbeaten on 29 off 17, together with a hat-trick of sixes off Tom Curran within the concluding over of the match, the match was properly past CSK’s attain.

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Dhoni defined his cause to bat decrease, saying he needed to present different an opportunity contemplating he hasn’t performed a lot cricket, however Gambhir reckons getting out early is a threat the CSK captain ought to have taken.

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“Yes, you can talk about MS Dhoni’s last over [when he hit three sixes], but it was of no use to be honest. They were all just personal runs. There is nothing wrong if you end up getting out early, at least start leading from the front, trying to inspire the team as well,” Gambhir mentioned.

[Attribution HT]

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