MS Dhoni has looked rusty in the beginning of the IPL 2020. It remains to be seen if he returns back to normal or has lost touch. Dhoni was in the thick of things during the 2019 World Cup for his poor strike rate. He took an extended sabbatical after the marquee event and then announced his retirement from international cricket.
Their is no doubt that Dhoni is not at his usual best. He is not timing the ball to perfection. However, he showed little glimmer of hope during the final over in the last match to hit three sixes which went to distance. Former India fast bowler Irfan Pathan reckons that Dhoni is still more than a finisher and he should bat for the last 10 overs.
“For the first time it is looking that the Chennai Super Kings team is not settled. They had problems before the start of the IPL, Suresh Raina went back and they have not taken a replacement for him till now,” Irfan Pathan said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
“Because of that there have been lot of problems in the team composition. If Suresh Raina had been batting at No.3, they could have played an extra bowler. Currently, they have only 5 bowlers. Kedar Jadhav not being bowled by MS Dhoni is also a cause of concern.”
“The teams which have been playing with an additional bowler in the IPL are looking stronger. More than a finisher, MS Dhoni is himself such a great finisher. He needs to ensure that he plays at least 10 overs and Chennai Super Kings must field an extra bowler. Then the rest of the things will be set.”