Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday opined that he wants to see the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni bat high up in the batting order in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The IPL will resume from September 19, and MS Dhoni-led CSK will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in Dubai.
Speaking on Star Sports show Game Plan, former Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir spoke on why MS Dhoni needs to work on the CSK batting order.
Gautam Gambhir had said, “MS was a player who would’ve actually batted at number 4 or 5 but we’ve seen in the first leg that he normally bats at number 6 or 7. There are times when he’s actually pushed Sam Curran before him as well.”
Gambhir, a two-time IPL champion with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opined that MS Dhoni is trying to be a mentor and a wicketkeeper, but his plan to not bat up the order might hurt the Chennai-based franchise in the long run.
Gautam Gambhir elaborated, “MS Dhoni is probably trying to be a mentor and a wicketkeeper, who can lead the side and keep wickets. If the situation comes to a point where he probably has to play 8 or 10 balls, he can just go out there and whack them.”
He further explained, “It’s going to be difficult for him because once you are not playing international cricket, the IPL is a very difficult tournament, it’s not like CPL and other leagues. IPL is where you face top-quality bowlers. For me, I think the biggest challenge for CSK will be that the top-order needs to fire because that’s not the case anymore.”