Former Indian cricketer has lashed out at MS Dhoni for coming in at number seven while chasing a mammoth 216-run total against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. MS Dhoni came in at number seven in a big chase, leading to a huge criticism coming his way.
Gautam Gambhir stated that it made no sense for sending Rituraj, Kedar and Sam Curran ahead of MS Dhoni. He further stated that the last sixes he hit holds no value as the team had already lost the match by then.
“I was a bit surprised, to be honest. MS Dhoni batting at No. 7? And sending Gaikwad before him, Sam Curran before him. Makes no sense to me. In fact, you should be leading from the front. And this is not what you call leading from the front. Batting at number seven when you’re chasing what 217? The game was over. Faf was probably the lone warrior,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Gambhir as saying.
“Yes, you can talk about MS Dhoni’s last over when he hit three sixes, but it was of no use, to be honest. It was just all personal runs. See, if someone else would have done this, some other captain had batted number seven, he would have got a lot of flak. It is MS Dhoni – probably why people don’t talk about it. When you don’t have Suresh Raina, you’re making people believe that Sam Curran is better than you. You’re making people believe that Ruturaj Gaikwad, Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, all these guys, are better than you,” he added.
For the uninitiated, the fourth match of IPL 2020 took place between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Batting first, Rajasthan posted a mammoth 216-run total, courtesy a couple of top knocks from Sanju Samson and Steve Smith. In reply, CSK fell short of 16 runs as they managed to make 200 runs in 20 overs.