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IPL 2020: Gautam Gambhir Slams MS Dhoni To Bat At No.7 Says,"Make No Sense To Me"
The game-changing moment had come in the final over of Rajasthan's innings as Jofra Archer smashed CSK's Lungi Ngidi for 30 runs.
IPL 2020: Gautam Gambhir Slams MS Dhoni To Bat At No.7 Says, "Make No Sense To Me" (File Image)
New Delhi: Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has slammed Chennai Super Kings skipper, MS Dhoni, for coming to bat at number seven when the side was chasing 217 against the Rajasthan Royals. His remark came after the CSK's 16-run loss against the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League(IPL).
Meanwhile, Dhoni came out to bat in the 14th over of the innings with CSK at 114/5. Gautam Gambhir said that Dhoni's decision to drop himself down in the balling order made no sense to him. The side still needed 103 runs for the win at that time and many pundits and experts have said that Dhoni should have come in earlier.
"I was a bit surprised, to be honest. MS Dhoni batting at No. 7? And sending 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 number seven when you're chasing what 217? The game was over. Faf was probably the lone warrior," ESPNCricinfo quoted Gambhir as saying.
"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. See, if someone else would have done this, some other captain had batted number seven, he would have got a lot of flak. It is MS Dhoni - probably why people don't talk about it. 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," he added.
"There is nothing wrong if you end up getting out early, at least start leading from the front, trying to inspire the team as well. What you did in the last over, probably if you'd done that coming in at No. 4 or 5, alongside Faf, you could have made a game out of it. But probably there was no such intent to make a game out of it," said Gambhir.
"I thought that after the first six overs, they had literally given up on the game. And probably MS was trying to get back into that match rhythm of batting till the end and get some runs under his belt so he can actually play this kind of innings in the coming games. You've got to be in the present, try and win each game possible. I thought there was no intent to win the game and they were never there in the chase. You can talk about Faf's innings, but Faf initially was struggling big time. So I thought it was an absolute miscalculation, probably not the right captaincy as well. This is not how you ask someone like MS to lead the side," he added.
Faf du Plessis for CSK top-scored after playing a knock of 72 from just 37 balls. The MS Dhoni-led side posted 200 in the end, but they still lost the match by 16 runs.
Sanju Samson earlier played a knock of 74 runs from just 32 balls to take Rajasthan Royals' total to 216/7 in the allotted twenty overs
CSK will next take on Delhi Capitals on September 25 while Rajasthan will face Kings XI Punjab on September 27.