Former India cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar feels Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has some clinical issues which he needs to sort out to get his team’s campaign back on track in IPL 2020.
CSK are placed last on the points table after suffering 2 successive losses 3 games this season. One of the most popular teams in the league, CSK were being trolled on social media after flop shows against Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals last week.
They have dearly missed the services of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, who decided to skip IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. CSK have also missed Ambati Rayudu in their last two games due to an injury but is likely to be back in the playing XI very soon.
“Chennai Super Kings as a team has rarely been under pressure in the league stage. This time they are. Even their die-hard fans have gone quiet on social media, they seem a little concerned. They look towards MS Dhoni for salvation.
Chennai’s approach has been very unique in the tournament, it’s a team that is the opposite of Mumbai, who have virtually every member in their team capable of winning a T20 game on their own. Chennai may not compare with Mumbai as well, in this regard, but as a unit, it is a match-winning one. And for this to happen they need Dhoni at the helm,” Manjrekar wrote in his column for Times of India.
Manjrekar also pointed out how Dhoni needs to iron out the flaws in the team before their next game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.
“Any other captain would not be able to extract what Dhoni does from this team and when Chennai eventually have to look at life beyond Dhoni we may see a completely different structure of the team, unless Dhoni still remains the cricket nerve centre of the franchise, then maybe not.
“But this would be interesting to see this in the coming years. For now, Dhoni has some small, clinical cricketing issues to sort out – on a good pitch he must have an additional bowling option, most teams are now starting to do that. At Chennai they could afford to rely on Jadeja to bowl his 4, in UAE for now at least, it’s an unreliable tactic,” Manjrekar added.