He highlighted that MS Dhoni has been underwhelming with the bat this year. The CSK skipper has scored 66 runs in 8 innings at a strike rate of 111.86 with a best of 18. Last season as well MS Dhoni failed to light up the tournament scoring 200 runs at a strike rate of 116.28.
Steyn commented that although the Ranchi-born has underfired this season, there are still few games left in the tournament, including the playoffs. He asserted that if Dhoni can make significant contributions in the playoffs, he is likely to play another season for CSK.
“He is the boss of Chennai. When you think Chennai, you think MS Dhoni. And you know what? They’ve got a couple of games left and they are already into the finals. But we haven’t see Dhoni do anything. If he smashes the winning runs in the final, you can guarantee that he will be taking the gloves for Chennai in next year’s IPL,” Steyn told ESPNcricinfo.
MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant to clash in Dubai
The student will meet the master on Monday in Dubai as Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings for Match 50 of IPL 2021. Both the teams have acquired 18 points in 12 matches and have qualified for the playoffs.
But both of them would want to finish in the top two; a victory on Monday will strengthen that claim as the third positioned team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, have 16 points.
CSK are coming off a defeat against Rajasthan Royals while the Delhi Capitals registered a close victory over Mumbai Indians. CSK’s last league stage match will be against Punjab Kings on Thursday afternoon.