Prior to the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, MS Dhoni’s last appearance in a cricket match was in the World Cup last year during India’s semi-final defeat against New Zealand. Dhoni later rested from the game and returned to play for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL in March. But due to the outbreak of Kovid-19, the tournament was postponed indefinitely.
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Now, when the IPL finally debuted in September, fans had to return to bat for Dhoni after almost 14 months. But Dhoni, who announced his international retirement in August, gave a shock of surprise to fans as he narrowed down the batting order. (IPL 2020 full coverage)
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Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curren came to bat with Dhoni against Mumbai Indians in the first match. Karron scored 18 runs from 6 balls to win his team the match. In the second game against Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni no. 7 places to bat, but it was already too late for CSK, who were chasing 217.
Dhoni hit three sixes in the final over, but it was not enough for him to win the game. Dhoni criticized the decision to push himself in the lower order, while former India opener Akash Chopra came to his rescue and said that Dhoni was giving CSK the best chance to win the game.
“It was also about the fact that Dhoni had not played competitive cricket in 14 months. After the game against Rajasthan, he admitted that he was harsh. The long layoffs did not help as his batsman after a long quarantine, ”Akash Chopra wrote in a column for ESPNCricinfo.
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It is about Dhoni that he is a realist, as he admits for the first time that his lack of confidence in his batting abilities played a role in making those crucial decisions. There is a thin line between bravado and stupidity, and there is also a thin line that separates caution and fear, ”he said.
He said, ‘I think the idea of dropping himself in the first two matches was not to back down from the responsibilities of any leader, but to give Chennai the best shot to win the game. Dhoni felt that he was not ready to bring the team home and did not let ego come as a practical decision.
He said, “He started the tournament without any form and has now made some kind of himself with three sixes in the final overs against the Royals. Chopra said that after the shift to Venue in the match where 200 There will be no score more than, Dhoni will quietly start to fit himself in the batting order from where he will be able to contribute significantly.
Chennai Super Kings will take on the Delhi Capitals on Friday.
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