Chennai Super Kings have struggled so far in the Indian Premier League. After beating defending champions Mumbai Indians, they have suffered back-to-back defeats. In the wake of their defeat, Aakash Chopra has questioned MS Dhoni, saying he is not confident about his form.
Meanwhile, Dhoni batting in the lower-order was the highlight once again as Chennai sucummbed to their second defeat. He came out in the middle when the game was almost out of Chennai’s hand with a required run-rate close to 15.
Dhoni is not confident – Aakash Chopra
Incidentally, it was the same during their clash against Rajasthan Royals. The absence of Suresh Raina has had a major dent toppled by MS Dhoni batting low. Also, he has looked short of confidence as stressed by Aakash Chopra. The former cricketer also pointed that playing with 5 bowlers in not Dhoni’s forte but he has been doing this to strengthen the batting.
“For the first time in my memory, Dhoni the captain is playing only with 5 bowlers. He doesn’t like playing with 5 bowlers, but this time he is,” he said in a YouTube video.
“He is a bit concerned about his batting, the absence of Rayudu is a big concern. He is not 100% confident about his batting form. With Ruturaj Gaikwad coming in and Murali Vijay not making runs, he is not confident to play 6 bowlers,” he added.
Moreover, the spinners have failed to deliver the goods which has been their strength in the last 12 overs. Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja have gone for plenty and the absence of Harbhajan Singh has not aided well.
With only 5 bowling options in the team, Aakash Chopra stated that MS Dhoni doesn’t have any other option but to persist with the players he has.
“If you observe Jadeja this season, he has bowled 4 overs in all three matches and conceded more than 40 runs each time. If he is going to leak so many runs, you have got nowhere else to go. No one else is bowling, only 5 bowlers in the team. That’s very unlike Dhoni but it’s happening,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings will look to regroup themselves and comeback stronger in the next seven days of break.