Earlier than IPL 2020, MS Dhoni had batted at No. 7 – the bottom he is ever batted within the event – solely six instances in 12 years. Within the two matches the Chennai Tremendous Kings have performed this yr although, Dhoni has come out at No. 7 each instances, in a profitable trigger against the Mumbai Indians first up, and in a dropping one against the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.
Dhoni stated his lack of time within the center – his match towards Mumbai was his first aggressive recreation in 437 days after India’s World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand in 2019 – was the first cause he was coming decrease down the order.
“Oh I haven’t batted for a very long time, you know and the 14-day quarantine doesn’t really help,” he informed Star, the host broadcaster, about his batting place. “[I’m] slowly trying to get into the tournament. Also at the same time, we want to try a few different things like Sam [Curran] or [Ravindra] Jadeja, sending them up.
“It is one thing we have not finished for a really very long time and this provides us a chance to try this, at first of the event. And because the event progresses you will see the senior gamers stepping in and taking that duty, however in any other case we have now been one group that has saved doing the identical factor. I really feel we have now a chance over right here the place we are able to attempt a number of various things if it really works. If it would not work, we are able to at all times return to what our strengths are.”
Dhoni came in 114 for 5 in the 14th over, and was on 9 off 12 before ransacking 20 runs off the five balls he faced in the final over. That took the Super Kings to 200 for 6, a 16-run defeat after the Royals had piled on 216 for 7.
Stephen Fleming, the Super Kings coach, echoed Dhoni’s words at the post-match press conference and held that in terms of overs remaining, the captain came in at the right time.
“We’ve this query yearly,” Fleming said on being asked if Dhoni had come in too late. “He was in within the 12th over [it was actually the 14th over], which is just about optimum time, and form of batted accordingly. He’s getting back from not enjoying an enormous quantity of cricket, so the expectations – to see him at his finest – goes to take a while. However you see him in direction of the tip, he was superb. Faf du Plessis carried the shape, so we weren’t too far-off. It wasn’t the batting that was the concern to be sincere.”
Dhoni felt that the start the Super Kings got wasn’t good enough in a tall chase, and also said the team needed to do a better job at controlling the things they could, such as avoiding bowling no-balls. While not explicitly naming Lungi Ngidi, Dhoni pointed out that the Royals could have been restricted without the extras. Ngidi bowled the final over the innings, giving up 30 runs. He bowled two no-balls during the over, both of which were hit for sixes by Jofra Archer.
“I feel with 217 on the board, we needed to have an excellent begin, which was not the case,” Dhoni said. “On the similar time, we have to give credit score to their bowlers additionally as a result of there was numerous dew. That is one factor you realize, when you put runs on the board then you may have seen within the first innings that what is an effective size to bowl on that wicket, and I feel that is what they did. They saved placing the ball in the identical areas. Particularly the spinners, they did not attempt too many alternative issues.
“It was important on this wicket to keep it away from the batsmen. Yes, they’ll hit a few shots but at least you’re not confused. A smaller outfield, you know you’ll get hit a few from back of the length or short ones, then you’ll get hit when you bowl up. I feel that was an error that our spinners committed in the first couple of overs that they bowled, two each. After that, we did come back nicely in the game.
“With out singling out anybody, I feel what we might have finished – which is a controllable – is [avoided] no-balls. Even once you’re below strain, attempt to not give no-balls as a result of that is a controllable. You’ll be able to’t actually management how the opposition batsman is batting. I really feel that is one space we are able to enhance in. If we might have possibly restricted them to 200, it will have been an excellent recreation.”