MS Dhoni played a bizarre knock during a mammoth 217-run chase against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020 contest on Tuesday. Dhoni once again promoted Sam Curran in the batting line-up as he stepped in to bat at No.7 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Former India opener Gautam Gambhir slammed his decision.
CSK heavily relied on Faf du Plessis to score most of the runs. Dhoni just picked up singles to return strike to the former South Africa captain. Gambhir feels his decision to bat at No.7 makes no sense as he should be leading the team from the front. He also added that du Plessis was the lone warrior in the side.
“I was a bit surprised to be honest,” Gambhir said 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 ? The game was over. Faf was probably the lone warrior.
“Yes, you can talk about MS Dhoni’s last over [when he hit three sixes], but it was of no use to be honest. It was just all 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.”
Dhoni has looked rusty from the onset of the IPL 2020. He has taken some poor calls and has also paid his price for the same. However, one would like to be optimistic and believe that his lost touch is due to staying away from the game for a long period of time.
Dhoni made a big name for himself by making the country proud with his achievements after coming from the cricketing backwaters of Ranchi. He has achieved immense success as a player and also grew up to be one of the most successful captains and achieved almost everything the ICC tournaments had to offer.