Former India captain Kapil Dev is of the opinion that MS Dhoni will continue to struggle with the bat if he only plays in the Indian Premier League. The Chennai Super Kings captain on Sunday confirmed that he will turn up for the team next year when he was asked by Danny Morrison if their game against Kings XI Punjab was his final one for the yellow jersey.
Dhoni retired from international cricket on August 15 this year, exactly 13 months after he played his final game for Team India at the 2019 ICC World Cup.
He did not play any cricket before IPL 2020 in the UAE and suffered with the bat as a result, due to the lack of cricket as he could only amass 200 runs from 14 matches at an average of 25. This was the first season in 13 years in which Dhoni did not score a half-century with 47 not out being his highest score.
The reason behind Dhoni's poor form was the lack the of cricket as pointed out by Kapil Dev, who also suggested the 3-time IPL-winning skipper to play first-class cricket before turning up for the IPL.
“If Dhoni decides on playing only IPL every year, then it’s impossible for him to perform. It’s not a good thing to talk about age but at his age (39 years), the more he plays, the more his body will be tuned.
“If you don’t play any cricket for 10 months a year and suddenly play IPL, you can see what happened. You can always have a season up or down if you have played so much cricket. It has happened to someone like Chris Gayle also," Kapil told ABP News.
Dhoni's batting form had a direct affect on his team's fortunes as CSK crashed out of the IPL in the league stage for the first time in history this season.
"He should go back to first-class cricket (domestic List A and T20) and play there.
“If someone has achieved so much, the dip in form does affect and it becomes a challenge. Let’s see how he comes out of it,” Kapil said.