IPL 2020: Sachin Tendulkar impressed with Chahal's mind game vs MS Dhoni, explains CSK captain's dismissal

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Explaining MS Dhoni's dismissal against RCB, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has hailed Yuzvendra Chahal and said that he was playing chess-like mind games against the CSK captain.

RCB spinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed MS Dhoni in match 25 of IPL 2020 (BCCI Image)

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Sachin Tendulkar has said that he felt as if Chahal was playing chess with Dhoni in DubaiYuzvendra Chahal dismissed MS Dhoni in match 25 of IPL 2020MS Dhoni failed to take CSK over the winning line vs RCB on Saturday

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) needed 81 runs off 34 balls when MS Dhoni came in to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday in match 25 of IPL 2020 in Dubai. Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja were still to bat and so the onus was again on MS Dhoni to take charge and take his team over the winning line. Dhoni had faced a lot of crticism already because of bad run with the bat in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league and so pressure was straight away on him.

There was also not much time when Dhoni walked in and actions were required from the ball go. Yuzvendra Chahal was introduced just 4 balls after the CSK captain's arrival. Chahal bowled a good length on the off-stum line to start with as Dhoni took a single. The 3rd ball of the over was right under Dhoni's arc and he grabbed the opportunity to hit a straight six.

We shoud pause here for a while and instead take a look at how Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has described this over. We are just mortals following this game passionately and we stand no where close to the explanations given by the 'God' of cricket himself.

Sachin Tendulkar has said that Yuzvendra Chahal 'played chess with MS Dhoni' in the over.

Describing the second ball after the one which went for six, Tendulkar has said that the RCB leg-spinner bowled the delivery with minimal pace on the leg-stump line. The slow pace by Chahal according to Sachin Tendulkar was in expectation to get a top-edge from MS Dhoni. Tendulkar said that Dhoni understood what Chahal was trying to do and hence just blocked the ball. It was at this point that Sachin realised that Chahal was 'playing chess' with the former India captain.

"When MS Dhoni came to bat then Chahal came in front of him. He gave the first ball in the arc of Dhoni and he effortlessly hit a six and that's his strength. He changed the line on the next ball. He bowled it towards the leg-stump and also he kept the pace slow, expecting that it would take a top-edge and there will be a chance. MS Dhoni realised it and blocked the ball. but then he also started thinking. I think Chahal was playing chess with MS Dhoni, he was playing mind games," the former Mumbai Indians batsman said.

Further, Tendulkar explained that Dhoni anticapted a same length delivery on the next ball and so he moved a bit towards the leg-stump to get in line of the ball but Chahal again came up with his chess move and bowled the ball towards off, making it hard for Dhoni to reach the ball. The result of Chahal's "mind game" was that Dhoni couldn't get any power on the shot and was caught by Gurkeerat Singh on long-off.

"MS Dhoni then decided that he would move towards the leg-stump and come line with the ball to play that length on the next delivery but Chahal again used a chess move there and bowled the ball wide of MS Dhoni towards the off-stump. MS Dhoni had to stretch him to reach there, he reached the ball but ball hit in the bottom half of the bat and so he could not generate that power in the shot. Long-off fielder took a catch. These mind games between the two were interesting. Did not go on for long but it was good. Chahal it was a chess move."

Wickets fell consistently for CSK after that and the team slummped to their 5th defeat in the IPL 2020 season.

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