MS Dhoni has revealed the reason behind promoting Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja ahead of him against defending champions Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 opener. CSK thrashed Mumbai Indians by five wickets to start their campaign on a solid note.
When Ambati Rayudu departed for 71 after putting on a 115-run stand for the thirrd wicket with Faf du Plessis, CSK still needed 42 off 24 balls. At that point, it was expected either Kedar Jadhav or MS Dhoni would come out at No. 5. But to everyone’s surprise, Ravindra Jadeja came out to bat.
The move paid off as the CSK allrounder slammed ten runs in four balls before departing in the 18th over. The equation was then 29 off 17 and MS Dhoni was being widely expected to come out. However, he had another surprise in the bag as he sent Sam Curran to bat.
The decision turned out to be masterstroke as the England star crunched two sixes and a four off his first five balls before falling to Jasprit Bumrah with ten balls to go. MS Dhoni finally came out to bat and along with du Plessis, he took the side home with four balls remaining although he did not score any run.
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Reason behind promoting Curran and Jadeja:
Speaking at the post-match presentations, MS Dhoni revealed the reason behind promoting Curran and Jadeja. The CKS skipper said that sending the left-handers before him had a “psychological aspect” to it, as he wanted them to take on the spinners and intimidate them.
“At some point, I thought we needed to give Jadeja and someone like Sam [Curran] to go ahead in the batting order and express themselves,” MS Dhoni said after the match.
“They still had two spinners remaining, and we tried to intimidate the bowler a bit, it was just a psychological aspect. We know we bat quite deep, and wanted them to go after the bowler. If you clear one or two [sixes], then it is easier for the batsmen to follow,” he added.
CSK will now lock horns against Rajasthan Royals in their next game which is on September 22.