MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings is playing their third game of Indian Premier League 2020 against Delhi Capitals, who have been put to bat first.
Ahead of the match Dhoni opened up on his batting position in the tournament and said, “As faR as my batting position goes, I’ll do whatever is best for the team.”
Notably, Dhoni’s statement came after CSK skipper was criticised during his last game for coming down to bat at no.7 when Chennai were chasing a mammoth 217-run target against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020 game on Tuesday.
Dhoni, instead of promoting himself up the order, came to bat at no.7 when his team required 103 runs from 38 balls. He sent the likes of Sam Curran, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Kedar Jadhav ahead of him.
CSK ultimately lost the match by 16 runs despite Dhoni hitting three sixes in the final over of the match and most of the people, including former cricketers thrashed the wicketkeeper-batsman for his decision to come to out to bat so late.
Meanwhile, Dhoni decided to bowl first against DC, and he explained that it is important to respect the conditions that the teams are playing in despite what the results might have showcased so far.
“We’ll bowl first. I think we need to respect the conditions and the fact that dew will play a part. Maybe the teams batting second so far in the tournament have made mistakes to not win. It looks better to bat second on TV. Some of the wickets might slow down as the tournament progresses. When you have 14 games before the play-offs you can’t win all games. We need to control the controllable better, and one of them were the no balls. We also did well to get to 200 in the last game. One change – Ngidi misses out and Hazlewood comes in,” Dhoni said at the toss ahead of clash.
CSK vs DC Playing XI:
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan