England All-rounder Moeen Ali credits MS Dhoni for backing him to bat higher up the order for the Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League 2021.
Moeen was promoted to bat at number three, which proved to be a masterstroke for CSK. He amassed 206 runs in 6 matches at an average of 34.33 at an impressive strike rate of 157.25. He also claimed 5 wickets at an economy rate of 6.16.
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Speaking at a press conference, Moeen Ali acknowledged that it would be difficult for him to bat up the order for England.
“MS (Dhoni) backed me to bat up the order (for CSK) and play like I play for Worcester. It’s nice to get that confidence from the captain. I get it here (England) as well. But we (England) have got so many world-class players it’s difficult to get up the order. I’m just trying to enjoy my cricket. In the past, I would let that affect me. But I have come to realise that sometimes it is just the way it is.”
I am disappointed, but we are winning: Moeen Ali
Moeen also said that he is a little disappointed to not get a chance to play, but the fact that the team is winning so he doesn’t have much to say.
“My role in the team when needed is to try to perform, but at the moment obviously, I’m not being used, not bowling much, not batting much, I have not even played in the T20 and stuff. Obviously, I’m disappointed you want to play, but we are winning, and there’s not much that I can say. Not that I would. There is no argument for me to go and say I need to bat up the order or need to do this and that. When they call upon, I’m ready.”
England is leading the One Day International series against Sri Lanka 2-0. They will look to complete a series whitewash in the final ODI on July 4.