Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar while talking about the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni said that it will be crucial to see what role the CSK captain will play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will start their title defence against the Shreyas Iyer-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on March 26 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Speaking to Sports Tak, Sunil Gavaskar said that it will be interesting to see whether Dhoni will bat in lower-order like he has been doing a lot in the last couple of seasons and promote other batters or will he promote himself up the order. Gavaskar elaborated:
“It is very important to understand what role MS Dhoni sees himself in this season. Whether he will be that senior player who bats at No.7 or No.8 or whether he will bat higher up the order and turn games.”
“Last season we saw on a few occasions when Dhoni promoted himself up the order and changed the course of the game with his boundaries and sixes. This was the running charge for CSK that won them the title so it will be crucial to see what role Dhoni has this time.”
It feels like RCB will score a lot of runs this time – Sunil Gavaskar
Batting legend Gavaskar, while talking about Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), said that they always have a good team but luck doesn’t favour them. However, he mentioned that the new skipper, Faf du Plessis, could change the fortunes of the team. He said:
“From the first season itself, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a good team. However, something or the other happens or due to luck, they couldn’t quite win the trophy. But a new captain can bring fresh luck.”
He added that Royal Challengers Bangalore have a good batting line-up and it looks like they will score a lot of runs in the 15th edition of the tournament. However, he quickly mentioned that the Royal Challengers Bangalore can only win the title if they have a good bowling unit to defend good totals. He said:
“They have a new captain in Du Plessis and then they have Kohli and Maxwell, who the way he batted last season, it feels like RCB will score a lot of runs this time. However, do they have the bowling to restrict the opposition, a lot would depend on that whether RCB will win the title or not.”
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