Gautam Gambhir questioned MS Dhoni’s intention in yesterday’s match against Rajasthan Royals and said Dhoni failed to lead from the front. He called his last over Maximums ‘personal runs’ and of no use for the side.
Dhoni’s approach being questioned
During the 217-run chase against Rajasthan Royals, Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in at No. 7 in the 15th over when CSK still needed more than 100 runs. Dhoni took time to open up and was trying to take singles initially. He was nine off 12 deliveries at the end of 18th overs when the match was almost gone from CSK’s hand. He went for the first six in the 20th over and then followed it up with two more maximums. But those, at that stage, did not help Chennai Super Kings. They were defeated by Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs in their second IPL 2020 match.
Dhoni’s strange approach did not go well with fans and experts. A lot raised the question and opined that Dhoni should not have sent the debutant Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of him. Instead, he should have taken responsibility when his side needed him the most.
Gambhir raises Dhoni’s decision of batting at 7
Gautam Gambhir, a former Indian opener who is famous for his straightforward approach often criticized Dhoni at different times. This time was no different. Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo, “See, if someone else would have done this, some other [batsman] captain had batted No. 7, he would have got a lot of flak. It is MS Dhoni – probably why people don’t talk about it.” He explained, “When you don’t have Suresh Raina, you’re making people believe that Sam Curran is better than you. You’re making people believe that Ruturaj Gaikwad, Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, all these guys, are better than you.”
A disappointed Gambhir went on to comment that those maximums were Dhoni’s personal runs and he (Dhoni) should be leading from the front. “MS Dhoni batting at No. 7? And sending [Ruturaj] Gaikwad before him, Sam Curran before him. Makes no sense to me. In fact, you should be leading from the front. And this is not what you call leading from the front. Batting at No. 7 when you’re chasing what… 213 ? The game was over. Faf was probably the lone warrior. Yes, you can talk about MS Dhoni’s last over [when he hit three sixes], but it was of no use to be honest. It was just all personal runs.”
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