Former India skipper MS Dhoni‘s return to cricket in the IPL has not gone according to plans. The 39-year-old has drawn criticism from all across the globe for his decision to bat lower down the order. During the Rajasthan Royals game, Dhoni came into bat after Ruturaj Gaekwad, Sam Curran, and Kedar Jadhav despite a high required run rate. Though the Ranchi born cricketer smashed Tom Curran for three maximums, CSK had lost the match by then.
Former internationals like Kevin Pietersen and Gautham Gambhir have slammed Dhoni’s decision making and have held him partly responsible for the team’s loss. However, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has come out in support of the veteran cricketer.
During a media interaction after being named brand ambassador of the Bengal Peerless group, Ganguly said that MS Dhoni will need some time to get his touch back.
“In the current situation, it will take some time for him to get back to his old touch. He played a cricket match after about one year and six months. It’s not easy however good you are. It will take some time,” said Ganguly.
Ganguly also highlighted the importance of having someone like Dhoni higher up the order.
“When MS Dhoni was in prime form and was the captain, then I was in broadcast and had said that he should bat at number four,” he said.
When asked why he battled lower down the order after the Rajasthan Royals game, MS Dhoni admitted that a 14-day quarantine period didn’t help much due to less training time.
“I haven’t batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn’t help,” MS Dhoni said.
The Chennai Super Kings will play Sunrisers Hyderabad next on October 2 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
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