The Match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals At Sharjah was in talks for two reasons, first was Sanju Samson’s sublime batting Show and second being MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Chennai Super Kings bowling first were a victim of Sanju Samson’s onslaught as CSK went on to lose the match against Rajasthan.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni notched up criticism from ex-players like Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir for his decision to bat down the order when the side needed close 15 runs per over at the fall of the fourth wicket. We also saw players like Sam Curran and Ruturaj Gaikwad were seen batting ahead of Dhoni himself in that particular game.
Aakash Chopra backs MS Dhoni
Commentator Aakash Chopra has come out in support of MS Dhoni as he thinks Dhoni was brave enough to accept that he hasn’t batted much in the last few months. Since he wants to take time until he gets those nack of things before batting up the order. Chopra thinks Dhoni wasn’t foolish on his part to accept that he’s been out of touch.
“What it tells me about Dhoni is that he is a realist, for he is the first to admit that his lack of confidence in his batting abilities played a part in the making of those crucial decisions. There’s a thin line between bravado and foolishness, and also a thin line that separates caution and fear,” said Aakash Chopra.
Chopra went onto defend the former India skipper furthermore by saying that Dhoni wanted to give CSK the best shot of winning the match. As a result, the likes of Sam Curran was sent ahead of the three-time IPL winning skipper.
I think the idea of demoting himself in the first two games was not to shy away from the responsibilities of a leader but to give Chennai the best shot at winning the game. Dhoni felt that he wasn’t ready to bring the team home and chose not to let ego come in the way of a pragmatic decision,” he added.