Former India opener, Virender Sehwag lavished high praises on MS Dhoni after the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) emerged successful in defending a target at the Wankhede – only the second instance so far in 6 matches this season – against Rajasthan Royals on Monday.
CSK registered an emphatic victory over Sanju Samson’s side by 45 runs and moved up to the third spot on the points table. However, it wasn’t an easy defence for the 3-time champions, as Jos Buttler threatened to gun down the target.
But MS Dhoni’s smart usage of Ravindra Jadeja, who picked wickets of Buttler and Shivam Dube in a single over, and then Moeen Ali, who returned with figures of 3-0-7-3, on the pitch that, for a change, offered help to the spinners, derailed the Royals’ innings.
Virender Sehwag applauds the former India skipper’s smartness in the situation to extract the best out of his bowlers on any surface.
“A bowler should know how to use swing and spin when it is available. Today, if Buttler would have batted more and played a 70-80 run knock, then he would have won the game for Rajasthan comfortably. But, there was assistance in the pitch for spinners, which is what created the difference,” Virender Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
“So the Chennai bowlers are adept in utilizing the conditions offered, whether there is swing or spin. Not only because they are good bowlers, but also because their wicket-keeper (MS Dhoni) guides them.
“MS Dhoni is smart; he knows what to advise to his bowler and what bowling is needed out of the bowler. And when Jadeja took 2 wickets in 1 over, Dhoni quickly brought in Moeen Ali from the other end, because he knows Ali bowls similarly to Jadeja,” he added.
In Dhoni’s captaincy, there is always that luck factor talked about: Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag then spoke about the luck factor which is often associated with Dhoni’s captaincy. The former opener took the example of the 2007 T20 World Cup final versus Pakistan where Dhoni opted to bowl Joginder Sharma over the experienced Harbhajan Singh. Virender Sehwag reckons it is because of the tactics which Dhoni employs, the luck sides him, not because he is lucky.
“In Dhoni’s captaincy, there is always that luck factor talked about. Not because he is lucky, but because of the changes he makes the luck also favors him,” the former opener explained.