India as well as Chennai Super Kings pacer Deepak Chahar has recently said that experienced wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) might be seen in his old form with the bat when the now-suspended 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) resumes. Notably, the cash-rich league got suspended earlier this month after several players got infected despite being in the bio-bubble.
However, Dhoni has managed only 37 runs in seven matches this season while playing for CSK. Meanwhile, CSK did exceptionally well this season and placed second on the points table when the season was suspended for an indefinite time period with an immediate effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A batsman cannot bat the same way for 15-20 years. If any batsman hasn’t played regular cricket before, it is never easy to just come to a competition of the level of IPL and start performing, it takes time,” Deepak Chahar was quoted as saying.
“He has always played the finisher’s role, which is even tougher when you haven’t played regular cricket. Even in the 2018 and 2019 IPL seasons, Dhoni bhai started a bit slowly by his standards, but his stroke play became fluent as the season progressed. So, you might get to see the best of MS Dhoni in the second half of the season,” he again shared.
However, Chahar had a great IPL season, where he picked up eight wickets which came at an economy of 8.04 in seven matches as well.
“This has been my fourth year at CSK and Dhoni bhai has shown his trust in me as his strike bowler. This trust is so important because he has not just inspired me but also many others. His best quality as a captain is about how to utilise a player on a particular day for a particular situation. I’ve bowled three overs in the powerplay in pretty much every game for CSK and have learned a lot through him,” Deepak Chahar concluded.