Former India off-spinner Pragyan Ojha gave terrific insights on MS Dhoni's style of captaincy and how he does things differently on the field to get the results that he wants.
Dhoni will be leading the Chennai Super Kings for the last time this season when they face Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi in their final league game of the Indian Premier League 2020 on Sunday. CSK have already crashed out of the tournament but Ojha knows that won't make them or Dhoni complacent.
The three-time champions will be up against a team which has hit form in the second-half of the tournament and will make it through to the IPL 2020 playoffs if they win today. They will have to deal with the likes of the in-form Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, who are among the top run-scorer's this season.
Talking about facing Gayle, who smashed 99 runs in his previous innings against Rajasthan Royals, Ojha said that Dhoni might try a different approach against the big-hitting West Indian by trying to keep him frustrated at the non-striker's end and attacking the other batsman instead of him.
"MS Dhoni won't try and attack Chris Gayle, or he'll not try to intimidate him. He will instead try to put pressure on others so that they have a different approach to the game, it won't be a conventional approach.
"He will try and put pressure on the other batsmen, keep them on strike and put indirect pressure on Chris Gayle. If Dhoni knows a player is very good, he will try and play with his mind in a different way. I feel that is a better strategy.
"CSK spinners have not done too well this year like the other seasons but he will try and use them smartly against the other batsmen and keep Gayle frustrated at the non-striker's end," Ojha said on Sports Today as he previewed Match 53 between CSK and KXIP.
MS 'OUT-OF-THE-BOX' DHONI
Speaking from his own experience of playing under Dhoni, Ojha explained how the former India skipper used to outsmart the in-form opposition batsman by using out-of-the-box strategies.
"There have been many instances when a batsman is playing really well so he sets an attacking field for the other batsman who is not settled and try to play with his mind. Many times we have seen that when a batsman or bowler is in good form, he tries to get on strike or take the ball.
"If you don't let a player do what he wants to do when in form, he gets frustrated. All of us know how MS Dhoni plays mind games with the opponent. He will not do the usual things, he will do things differently," Ojha said.