IPL 2020: Dhoni reveals why Bravo was not brought in last over
Delhi Capitals needed 16 runs in the last over. Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and Karn Sharma had one over left each. Dhawan was on the wicket with a century, the other just arrived. Both were left-handed.
In such a situation, any captain would close his eyes and hand over the last over to Bravo. But MS Dhoni did the other, he gave the ball to left-arm spinner Jadeja in the last over in front of two left-arm batsmen.
And Chennai paid the price for that wrong decision. Axar Patel hit three sixes in the last over delivered by Jadeja. With one ball in hand, Delhi grabbed an exciting victory.
At the end of the match, a question is revolving in everyone’s mind – why Dhoni did not bring death-over specialist Bravo? How did the three-time IPL winning captain make such a big mistake?
In the face of such questions, Dhoni revealed the reason in the post-match press conference. In reply, the Chennai captain said,
“Bravo was not fit. He went out and we were not sure if he would be able to come back. The options we had were Karn [Sharma] and Jaddu [Ravindra Jadeja], so we went with Jaddu.”
Coach Steven Fleming was sitting next to Dhoni at the press conference. He also said there were no plans to bowl Jadeja in the last over. Jadeja was forced to do so due to Bravo’s injury.
“Bravo seems to have a right groin injury, I think. It was obviously serious enough to keep him from coming back on the field. He’s disappointed that he wasn’t able to bowl that over. That’s what he’s pretty much in the team for. He’ll have to be reassessed going forward, but at this stage you’d imagine it [recovery] is going to take a few days, or maybe a couple of weeks but we’ll assess that tomorrow,” Fleming said.