IPL 2021: MS Dhoni needs to bat higher up the order, guide the team - Sunil Gavaskar

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Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar connected Saturday questioned MS Dhoni's determination to bat astatine No. 7 for Chennai Super Kings successful their 7-wicket decision to Delhi Capitals successful Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Gavaskar said Dhoni has to instrumentality up much work and usher the CSK batting line-up which has rather a fewer youngsters successful the 14th play of the T20 league.

MS Dhoni got retired for 0, lone his 4th no-score successful IPL history, aft facing conscionable 2 balls successful CSK's IPL 2021 opener astatine the Wankhede Stadium successful Mumbai. Surprisingly, Dhoni batted arsenic debased arsenic No. 7 arsenic helium walked into bat aft the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu.

CSK fielded a XI that had unthinkable batting depth, but it seemed Dhoni did not get the batting bid right. Sam Curran, who has been successful good signifier successful the white-ball formats, came astatine No. 8. CSK utilized Moeen Ali astatine No. 3 up of Suresh Raina, who returned to the IPL with a free-flowing 54. Rayudu, who has been batting astatine No. 3 for CSK implicit the years, came astatine No. 5. The likes of Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur were slotted to travel successful adjacent but the 3-time champions posted 188 aft losing 7 wickets.

In the end, 188 did not beryllium capable arsenic Delhi Capitals openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw took the onslaught to CSK bowlers who were struggling to header with the late-evening dew successful Mumbai.

"As acold arsenic Chennai Super Kings are concerned, MS Dhoni has to instrumentality a telephone connected his batting order. Deep down, helium mightiness beryllium reasoning helium is going to bat lone the past 4-5 overs. But helium besides needs to usher the squad a little. He is got a squad of immoderate youngsters, adjacent Sam Curran is not excessively aged erstwhile it comes to planetary experience. But helium batted truly well, truthful yes, possibly person Curran bat higher up the order," Gavaskar told Star Sports.

"But astatine the aforesaid time, MSD needs to travel up the bid determination down the line, that is the way, helium tin power the game. He was retired to the 2nd shot that helium faced, and that tin hap to anyone. But arsenic the tourney progresses, helium needs to travel up a small bit, possibly astatine 6 oregon 5 and amusement the way," helium added.

CSK bowlers request other cushion successful Mumbai: Gavaskar

Delhi Capitals completed the pursuit successful conscionable 18.4 overs, handing Chennai Super Kings their archetypal decision successful the IPL opener since 2014.

Gavaskar said CSK's bowling onslaught volition request immoderate cushion successful the signifier of other runs to regain assurance aft the hammering connected Saturday.

"The bowling is going to instrumentality immoderate clip to retrieve due to the fact that of the pounding it took. So they person got to people much runs," Gavaskar added.

Notably, MS Dhoni besides conceded that CSK did not execute their bowling plans good but insisted that teams batting archetypal successful Mumbai this play mightiness request astatine slightest 200 to antagonistic the dew successful the 2nd fractional of the matches.