Irfan Pathan reckons that the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), MS Dhoni, would have made plans to counter the strong Delhi Capitals (DC) batting unit.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (DC) is all set to lock horns with MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday, 4 October.
While previewing the CSK vs DC encounter on Star Sports, former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan told Dhoni might utilize Moeen Ali’s off-spin to counter aggressive left-handed batters Shimron Hetmyer and Rishabh Pant. He stated:
“Depending on the pace of the pitch as well as the situation, Dhoni will definitely know what to do at that particular time. They have Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer, left-handed middle-order batsmen, I think Moeen Ali needs to bowl a lot more than what we have seen so far.”
Further, Irfan Pathan said that he believes Ravindra Jadeja and Josh Hazlewood will be good bowling choices against former DC captain Shreyas Iyer. He said:
“For Shreyas Iyer, I think you will see Jaddu bowling a lot more to him than any other bowler. In between, you will see Hazlewood coming and using the short ball against him, keeping the mid-off up and let him play on the leg side.”
Deepak Chahar Can Actually Bring The Ball Into Shikhar Dhawan – Irfan Pathan
Former Indian cricketer opined that Deepak Chahar could stop in-form Delhi Capitals opener, Shikhar Dhawan, from scoring big runs. Irfan Pathan elaborated:
“Shikhar Dhawan is a fantastic cricketer. He has been in great form as well. But CSK has a good new-ball bowler in Deepak Chahar who can actually bring the ball into Shikhar Dhawan because Shikhar Dhawan likes to play that ball outside the off stump and he loves extra pace as well. So if he can swing it around and get it around middle stump, he can get his wicket and keep him quiet.”
Meanwhile, Pathan signed off by saying that Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will be a major threat for the Chennai Super Kings batting unit.
“I think two bowlers, Rabada and Nortje, they are the threat for the CSK batsmen because they have pace and great control as well. We have seen Nortje bowls about 150 kph but he is always on target.”