Dhoni should have played like batsman of old: Srikkanth


NEW DELHI: Former Indian opener and captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth feels that gap between the 2019 ODI World Cup and IPL dealt a great deal of harm to the game of Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
In his column for the Times of India, Srikkanth wrote, “A lot of time and energy has been spent on discussing Dhoni’s approach as a batsman and strategies he adopted as captain in the ongoing league. The world has come to expect a lot from the veteran and rightly so. His record as a white ball batsman and captain is second to none. In my opinion, the break from the World Cup in 2019 to this IPL allowed some rustiness to creep in. The script could have been different had the tournament happened in April.”
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Dhoni’s team suffered a crushing 10-wicket loss in Friday’s clash against Mumbai Indians. Chennai are now at the bottom of the eight team table and are virtually certain to miss the playoffs.
“I have seen many great batsmen get in to a rut and unless you possess the greatest of technique, the best way to come back to form is to take an aggressive approach. Dhoni should have played like the Dhoni of old, where he was fearless and attacking. He never allowed the bowler to dictate terms; unfortunately he allowed the bowlers to gain an upper hand in almost every innings this season. As far Dhoni’s tactics as captain goes, I didn’t really understand why he refused to play the youngsters in the side. Even before the league started, Chennai were well aware that their first XI was not available. It was a similar situation to the World T20 where Dhoni reaped the rewards for trusting youth,” Srikkanth added.
Dhoni, once of the game’s best finishers but who took more than a year off after India’s elimination from the World Cup, has been slammed for his go-slow approach this season.
“The biggest win for Dhoni the leader was the 2013 Champions Trophy. The manner in which he shaped that young side to become world-beaters was probably his high point as a leader. I expected the same from him in UAE but he chose otherwise. All other teams have done better by backing their uncapped Indian talent. An all-out aggressive approach with the bat will not be a bad idea for the CSK. If two-three of Chennai’s batsmen can manage to play their natural game for a decent period of time, they can still trouble the best,” Srikkanth concluded.



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