Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Sam Curran is extremely talented and was pivotal for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the first half of the IPL 2021. However, he wants him to be replaced by Dwayne Bravo for their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Thursday.
The West Indian all-rounder, Bravo, has been amazing in the death overs for MS Dhoni-led CSK. He has majorly been used in the last few overs where the cutters and yorkers come in handy for the bowling side. Since Curran isn’t as effective as Bravo with the ball, Manjrekar wants the latter to replace the former.
“Bravo didn’t play the last game and CSK played Sam Curran in place of him. On Sharjah pitch, a Bravo kind of bowler will be absolutely essential. So if fit, maybe they will have to take that call of dropping either Curran or Josh Hazlewood and bring Bravo.”
“But you need a specialist bowler in Sharjah pitch to survive and Hazlewood is the better bowler. So although I feel Curran is highly talented and absolutely been brilliant in the first half, that is the one change I will like to see,” Manjrekar was quoted as saying on Dafa news.
“This is very unique” – Sanjay Manjrekar on Dhoni trusting his pacers
MS Dhoni is known for his inclination towards spinners more than the pacers. It has always been the case for CSK where they apply the chokehold with the help of the slower bowlers, especially due to their home ground, Chepauk, being helpful for the tweakers. But in the last couple of matches, Dhoni has utilized the pace bowlers a lot more.
“This is a very unique Indian T20 league where you see Dhoni trusting his pace bowlers and using all the pace bowling resources. It’s more normally spin that he uses to win. But this time it is more of a combination and the slower you bowl in Sharjah, the better it is and that is where Chennai has an advantage and they start as favorites,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.
CSK is on the top of the points table with eight wins in ten games. They are all but guaranteed to finish in the top two given the form they are in.