Former Australian left-arm spinner Brad Hogg has opened up on MS Dhoni’s form and mindset in this year’s IPL. Brad Hogg is amongst the analysts, who regularly make predictions and interprets about the matches and its situations. The Western Australian lamented the keeper-batsman’s lack of preparation as the reason behind Chennai Super Kings’ minor struggles.
MS Dhoni batted at number seven in both the games so far against Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. While it did not matter in the first game against Mumbai as the rest of the batsmen were enough to secure the victory. However, experts criticised the 39-year old for batting at the same position against Rajasthan when they needed 217 and could have achieved if he stepped in early. The skipper later attributed the lack of match practice behind not coming to bat earlier.
Brad Hogg was not particularly happy with MS Dhoni not putting himself in a pressure situation against Rajasthan Royals since he is not prepared for the competition. Hogg added that the absence of players like Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh meant that the Jharkhand cricketer had to evoke confidence amongst the team by leading from the front.
“I am not happy with MS Dhoni’s confidence. He didn’t put himself in the pressure situation the other night because he wasn’t prepared for the tournament. And that for me does not give any confidence to the team and puts a dampener on the campaign. Especially when you haven’t got other leaders in the team like Harbhajan and Raina, as they could have taken a bit of the weight off his shoulders,” Brad Hogg told in his Youtube channel.
“I wouldn’t risk Ravichandran Ashwin for the game against CSK” : Brad Hogg
Meanwhile, the 49-year old did not fail to weigh on the clash between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. With little hopes of availability of Ravichandran Ashwin due to shoulder injury, Hogg remained confident of Amit Mishra taking his spot in Delhi. It is the only change the Australian made for Delhi Capitals and recommended the same roles for all the players as in the first game.
“I wouldn’t risk Ravichandran Ashwin for the game against CSK. I would bring in Amit Mishra. Yes, you might lose a little bit with the bat but you will not lose anything with the ball. Mishra is the second leading wicket-taker in IPL history. I wouldn’t change the rest of the team to make this swap. I would give everyone the same roles as they had in the first game,” he added.