IPL 2020: MS Dhoni is not adamant with his decision, does everything for team's benefit - Pragyan Ojha

1 week ago 5

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are all set to play their 8th game of the IPL 2020 agaisnt Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai on Tuesday and a loss here will mean that they will deplete their play-off chances further in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league. CSK's batting-unit apart from their opener against Mumbai Indians and the one game against KXIP which they won by 10 wickets have failed to strike in the rest of their 5 chases.

MS Dhoni's model of taking the match deep and going berserk in the final few overs have also failed miserably in UAE. MS Dhoni's batting position has also been a constant topic of debate. In CSK's last match against RCB, team's openers Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson had gone back to the pavilion inside 6 overs and a there was good opportunity for MS Dhoni to walk in and guide his team's inning but debutant Narayan Jagadeesan was sent to bat ahead of him. CSK lost the match by 37 runs and people questioned the tactics of the former India captain all over again. Some thought that he was just to adamant with his style of functioning.

However, in the post-match presentation ceremony, MS Dhoni had himself admitted that his mode of chasing the targets should be done away with. His former India teammate Pragyan Ojha has also reckoned that MS Dhoni is not someone who is arrogant and adamant with his decisions and instead he is ready to do whatever is better for the team.

Talking exclusively to Sports Today on Tuesday, Ojha said that Dhoni's nature of addressing the current situation is what makes him different from others. Pragyan Ojha added that the Ranchi-born wants all the decisions made to be in the best interest of the team.

"That's what makes him different from others. He always tries to address the current situation. If he thinks something will help the team's cause he will definitely do it. He is not adamant, he is never arrogant about his decisions. He believes that the decision taken by the team and the management should be in the best interest of the team," Pragyan Ojha told on Sports Today.

CSK has usually batted slow in the first half of the run-chase and that has definitely put an additional pressure on the team which is already feeling the absence of batting prowess of their vice-captain Suresh Raina, who decided to opt out of the IPL 2020 season.

MS Dhoni himself wants to do away with his model of chasing

"Batting has been a bit of a worry and today also it was evident. We need to do something about it. We can't just keep turning up... It is almost the same thing that is happening maybe the individuals are different but I think we are better off playing the other way round - play the big shots and even if you get out and it is fine because we can't leave too many after the 15th or 16th over," Dhoni said after CSK's loss versus RCB

"Our batting has lacked a bit of, you can say, power more from the 6th over onwards, individuals get tentative and no matter how much confidence you are giving them, ultimately they have to have their own plan as to how to play. We have not been able to adapt and plan for bowlers bowling from 6-14 overs," he had added.

"CSK is answerable to their fans"

Pragyan Ojha recalled the IPL 2018 season when all the home matches of CSK were shifted to Pune because of protests in the city due to Cauvery issue. Ojha said than fans from Chennai took trains to Pune to support their team and the fandom of CSK is something which cannot be taken "out of the equation". The former India spinner said CSK are answerable to their fans and should win matches for them.

"There was something going on in Chennai and so fans were not allowed a couple of years ago. A lot of fans took trains to travel to Pune and they were there. It shows what kind of following Chennai have got and thats the reason we all are hopeful that Chennai will win. Cricket is all about fans and when you talk about Chennai you can not take the fans out of the equation and this game will be special for those fans. CSK is answerable to those fans.

Read Entire Article