MS Dhoni reveals why he batted at No.7 against Rajasthan Royals

Chennai Super Kings lost the second game of their IPL campaign against Rajasthan Royals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. CSK lost to RR by 16 runs. MS Dhoni-led team did their best to come close towards achieving the target but they failed to pull off the ropes.

MS Dhoni reveals why he batted at No.7 against Rajasthan Royals
MS Dhoni at the post-match presentation

After team’s defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals, CSK captain MS Dhoni explained why he didn’t come out to bat up the order despite a massive run chase of 217 against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah.

MS Dhoni always drew criticism since last year’s World Cup tournament for coming in to bat lower down the order for Team India. MS Dhoni hung his boots in international cricket last month.

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The former Indian captain was once again criticised in CSK’s second match of IPL 2020 as he didn’t come out to bat higher up the order. MS Dhoni came out to bat at No.7 when the run rate was already beyond the reach.

MS Dhoni reveals why he didn’t bat higher up the order

However, MS Dhoni gave a valid explanation for his decision to come down the order. He came out to bat when CSK were reeling at 114 for 5 in the 14th over. He looked in good touch when he scored 29 not out off 17 balls with 3 sixes.

“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.

Chasing 217 for win, CSK managed to reach 200 for 6 in 20 overs. In fact, it was CSK’s first defeat against the Royals in five matches since their return to the Indian Premier League in 2018.

“217 on the board, you have to had a very good start. That was not the case. They batted really well. Steve and Sanju. You have to give credit to their bowlers too.

“There was a lot of dew. They knew what lengths to bowl. Their spinners didn’t try too many things. That was an error our spinners did in their first couple of overs.

“Without singling out anyone, a controllable we could have controlled is no-balls. Had we not bowled no-balls, we would have been chasing 200, and it would have been a very good game,” Dhoni said after the match.

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