Former India batsman, Gautam Gambhir opines that MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, should be batting much higher than he did in the loss against the Delhi Capitals. MS Dhoni batted at number 7 and was dismissed for a 2-ball duck, inside edging a pull shot on the stumps off Avesh Khan.
MS Dhoni’s batting powers are clearly on the wane: after two blockbusters season in 2018 (455 runs) and 2019 (416 runs), the right-hander could manage to score only 200 runs last year in the UAE at a strike rate of 116.28 with a best of 47*.
Gautam Gambhir believes that a captain should be leading from the front, setting an example with the bat for others in the side to follow – which, according to the former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper is not possible for Dhoni to do at number 7.
“MS Dhoni should be batting higher, that’s what matters because ultimately people should start leading from the front. We keep mentioning this thing that a leader needs to lead from the front. You can’t be leading, when you’re batting at No.7,” Gambhir said while speaking with Star Sports.
Dhoni can’t start taking on the bowlers from the word go: Gautam Gambhir
The 39-year-old asserts that the key reason why he believes Dhoni shouldn’t bat at number 7 is his weakened finishing prowess. Gautam Gambhir maintains that the former India skipper is not the same batter he used to be a few years ago, where he could be banked to finish the game and was a marauder of death bowling. Instead, now, he needs time to settle in, hence, Gambhir reckons the CSK skipper should promote himself at number 4 or 5.
“Plus, he is not the MS Dhoni, which he used to be probably four or five years back, where he could just come in and start taking on the bowlers from the word go. For me, I think he needs to bat at number four/ five. Nothing below that,” the two-time IPL winning skipper concluded.
The Yellow Army faces off KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings, who won their first match against Rajasthan Royals. The match takes place again at the Wankhede, on Friday.