Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are having a dream run in the Indian Premier League 2021. The ‘Men in Yellow’ are settled at the helm of the points table with seven wins in nine games. This is a complete turnaround by CSK after a miserable outing in the previous season where they finished seventh. Chennai are almost through and just need a win to secure a playoff berth.
MS Dhoni has led the team brilliantly but his form with the bat has not been very good. Dhoni is currently batting at no 6 and 7 and has failed to play those quickfire knocks in the fag end of the innings. Despite his inconsistent run with the bat, former India batter Gautam Gambhir wants to see MS Dhoni bat at 4 in the playoffs.
“MS Dhoni should bat at No.4 once CSK qualifies for the playoffs, irrespective of whether you are chasing or batting first so that you are able to spend time in the middle. I will want to see that, hopefully it happens. The best thing about a captain is that it is his own wish, he can bat anywhere he wants,” Gambhir said in an interaction with Star Sports.
Gambhir said CSK cannot always expect Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis to contribute thus the skipper needs to take the responsibility and score runs for the team. Gaikwad and Faf have been in tremendous form in the season and have scored 351 and 322 runs respectively. “Your No.3 and No.4 will not always score runs. You need to bat a little more. The more runs you score, it will keep getting easier,” he added.
“You will qualify for the playoffs but it should not happen that the responsibility falls on you, you lose early wickets and you have to come and score runs,” Gambhir signed off.
The ‘Yellow Brigade’ will take on KKR in their next game on Sunday