Former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir believes that it will be difficult for CSK skipper MS Dhoni to score runs in IPL 2021.
Since MS Dhoni declared his retirement from international cricket last year, he hasn’t played any kind of competitive cricket apart from IPL. Dhoni batted four times in the IPL 2021 so far and only on one instance he came in to bat at No.4.
MS Dhoni was a player who would’ve actually batted at number 4 or 5: Gautam Gambhir
Dhoni, who had a charm for hitting thunderous and crackling shots, is lacking in form. Gambhir feels that when one faces quality bowlers in IPL that also without any match practice, it becomes difficult for them to score.
“It’s going to be difficult for him (MS Dhoni), because once you are not playing international cricket. IPL is a very difficult tournament, it is not like CPL and other leagues. IPL is where you face top-quality bowlers,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.
“MS was a player who would’ve actually batted at number 4 or 5 but we’ve seen in the first leg that he normally bats at number 6 or 7. There are times when he’s actually pushed Sam Curran before him as well” he added.
MS Dhoni is probably trying to be a mentor and a wicketkeeper: CSK
There is no guarantee about Dhoni continuing with CSK for a long time but he is still capable to lead them and is also very sharp behind the stumps.
Gambhir said that Dhoni is trying to be the mentor of CSK and if the opportunity comes, the skipper will go and toy with the bowlers.
“MS Dhoni is probably trying to be a mentor and a wicketkeeper, who can lead the side and keep wickets. If the situation comes to a point where he probably has to play 8 or 10 balls, he can just go out there and whack them,” Gambhir said.
CSK are currently placed second on the points table and will resume IPL 2021 in UAE against Mumbai Indians on September 19 in Dubai.