Kevin Pietersen hits out at MS Dhoni’s batting position against Rajasthan Royals

After opening the IPL account with a win over Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings surrendered at the hands of Rajasthan Royals in their second game at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. MS Dhoni-led team lost to Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs.

Kevin Pietersen hits out at MS Dhoni's batting position against Rajasthan Royals
MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni was criticised in CSK’s second match of IPL 2020 after not coming to bat higher up the order. MS Dhoni came out to bat at No.7 when the asking rate was already beyond the reach.

However, after the team’s defeat, CSK captain MS Dhoni gave a reasonable explanation as to why he did not bat high up the order during the run chase of 217 against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah.

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The skipper came out to bat when CSK were struggling at 114 for 5 in the 14th over. MS Dhoni scored 29 not out off 17 balls with 3 sixes but failed to help the team cross the finishing line.

“I haven’t batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn’t help (why he isn’t batting higher). Also wanted to try different things, give opportunities to Sam. Have the opportunity to try different things. If it doesn’t work, you can always go back to your strengths,” CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said at the post-match presentation

Kevin Pietersen hits out at MS Dhoni

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has lashed out at MS Dhoni for not batting higher up the order. Pietersen also doesn’t agree to MS Dhoni’s experimentation where he stressed on the fact that MS Dhoni should have turned up earlier.

“Yeah, you got to get up. You have to at least give yourself the opportunity to win the game. That’s what Sunny is talking about. When you see how close they went, Du Plessis started to go, then MS Dhoni started hitting at the end and then they lost by only 16 runs.

So we were talking about a 4 or 5-over period when they were just knocking it around, knocking it around and running silly singles. They could have caught the game up there with a little bit of intent. They could have easily knocked this score off,” KP during the post-match analysis.

Kevin Pietersen further added: “If you need 20 in the last over, you can win this game. It’s not about experiments, saying ‘oh it’s early on in the tournament’. Let me tell you, T20 cricket can bite you very, very quickly. You can end up losing five games on the go very quickly and then you can end up thinking ‘oh my goodness, are we actually going to get into the finals?’. I am not buying into this nonsense.”

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