CSK’s loss against RCB was their fifth of the IPL 2020 campaign. Chennai fell short by 37 runs chasing 170 in Dubai on Saturday night. Coming into bat at number five MS Dhoni scored 10 off six balls. Meanwhile, former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani has defended the former Indian skipper for the criticism he has been getting after yet another loss for the Men in Yellow. Their chances of making it to the playoffs is difficult now with them losing five games in this season so far.
Kirmani has said that MS Dhoni has brought a lot of laurels for the country as a captain. He further said that what he has achieved as a finisher has set a benchmark for the other cricketers to follow. He added saying that he feels pity for the people who have been criticising the former Indian skipper for his tough run this season.
Syed Kirmani Defends MS Dhoni
“There is a time in the career of every player to escalate, similarly there is also a time to come down. Things change with time, I take pity on those who are criticising Dhoni for his performance. We must not forget that Dhoni had been one of the best finishers of the game at one point of time. He is returning to cricket after a long sabbatical and it has impacted Mahi’s (Dhoni) performance in this IPL season,” Kirmani told PTI.
MS Dhoni has scored 112 runs in seven games at a reasonable strike rate of 131.76. He has also been criticised for his batting positions in this season so far. Dhoni has batted in different positions from number four to seven in the games that CSK has lost so far.
In his post-match interactions after the game, he has repeatedly accepted that their top-order has failed to do the job a number of times, leaving a bit too much for the middle to lower-order.
Ambati Rayudu and N Jagadeeshan were guilty of eating up way too many deliveries and showing no intent during the chase. Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen during his commentary stint in the game, criticised Rayudu for not running hard between the wickets and showing no intent to win the game for his team.