It is almost a do-or-die battle for the Chennai Super Kings against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Tuesday.
The MS Dhoni-led team is languishing at the 7th spot on the points table with just two wins in seven matches in IPL 2020.
With very little margin for error in their following matches, the team will have to win at least 5 of their next 7 matches, and still hope for other factors to go in their favour if they want to make it to the playoffs for IPL 2020.
With all the cricket analysts around the world talking about how CSK can turn things around from here, former India batsman Virender Sehwag simply feels that one of the important steps in that direction has to be for the skipper MS Dhoni to push himself up the batting order.
“MS Dhoni needs to stop thinking about other players. He needs to first think about himself, and come into bat higher up. You cannot just go on promoting other batsmen up the order. For CSK to win, Dhoni will have to bring himself up the order, said Virender Sehwag on his Facebook channel titled ‘Viru Ki Baithak’.
Rayudu needs to improve his strike rate, says Sehwag
The ‘Sultan of Multan’ also felt that other batsmen need to take more responsibility and pointed out that batsman Ambati Rayudu needs to improve his strike rate.
“Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are under constant pressure that if they don’t give CSK a good start, the rest of the team will not be able to get them to a good score.
“Rayudu has to understand that in T20 cricket, the game ends after 20 overs, and he can’t start hitting in the 20th over,” Sehwag said.
In terms of their bowling, Sehwag felt that CSK are doing pretty well with Shardul Thakur finding form in the last few games, but said that Sam Curran’s last match was an area of concern as Virat Kohli smashed him all over the park.
“Sam Curran was jolted by RCB’s Virat Kohli in the last match, so maybe this time around MS Dhoni will think of replacing him for the final overs by Deepak Chahar,” said Sehwag.