Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper Ravindra Jadeja received a lot of stick after his side could not defend 210 against Lucknow Super Giants in their second game of IPL 2022. Evin Lewis and Ayush Badoni starred in Lucknow’s victory with the side needing 34 off their last two overs.
Evin Lewis scored 25 off Shivam Dube’s 19th over and made the chase a cakewalk at the end. Lewis scored an unbeaten 55 along with Badoni who scored an unbeaten 19.
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer, Mohammad Kaif in a conversation with Sportskeeda said that not bowling Moeen Ali in the 19th over was a decision that was taken by MS Dhoni and not Ravindra Jadeja.
The off-spinner bowled just one over in the game going for 19 runs. CSK did not use Moeen’s overs despite him being a seasoned campaigner.
“Evin Lewis doesn’t play spin well. You had three overs of Moeen Ali left but you still didn’t use him. Mumbai had left Lewis because he doesn’t play spin that well. He will always smash the faster bowlers for a six,” said Kaif.
The former Indian cricketer further said that though Ravindra Jadeja is the captain of CSK bringing on Dube to bowl the 19th over was MS Dhoni’s decision.
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“Not giving Moeen Ali the ball was a mistake and this wasn’t Jadeja’s decision, he is still learning. Even now, the decisions are taken by MS Dhoni,” Kaif added saying.
Kaif said that though CSK lost their opening two games there will be no panic in the dressing room due to the presence of MS Dhoni.
“The dressing room atmosphere of CSK will still be normal despite the two losses. Although Dhoni is not the captain on paper, only he is seen doing the leading role. He taught Jadeja a lot in the last game and although they lost, there will be his calming influence.”
After back to back losses, CSK take on Punjab Kings on April 3 at the Brabourne Stadium looking for their first win of the campaign.