IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings captain and former India skipper, MS Dhoni is hailed as one of the best captains to have ever graced the game. He is a brilliant and successful leader, besides being one of the greatest finishers and wicketkeepers. Dhoni has an extraordinary cricketing brain. However, the CSK captain has not been at his best in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League.
On Saturday, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings suffered yet another defeat against the Dinesh Karthik led Kolkata Knight Riders. The CSK middle order crumbled while chasing a modest total of 167 runs. CSK is now under an enormous amount of pressure to qualify for the playoffs after losing four of the first five matches in IPL 2020.
After KKR’s win against CSK, Dinesh Karthik gained a lot of praises for his captaincy decisions on the field. earlier, he faced a lot of criticism for his captaincy decisions, especially in the selection of batting order.
However, Karthik sent Rahul Tripathi to open against the CSK. The move worked wonders for the team, as he scored a brilliant 81 runs. Karthik also made a subtle change in the bowling line up, bringing Narine in the later stage. Narine delivered a superb spell and put a lot of pressure on the CSK middle order. (IPL 2020)
IPL 2020: Ajay Jadeja heaped praise on Dinesh Karthik.
Former India player Ajay Jadeja praise Dinesh Karthik after the win and said that he pulled off a Dhoni in the match against CSK in Abu Dhabi.
“Have to admit that he (Dinesh Karthik) pulled off a Dhoni today. What MS Dhoni has been doing with other teams, today Karthik managed to do the same by dictating the play. His decision to make Pat Cummins bowl the 11th oversaw the game slowing down and then Karthik decided to throw Sunil Narine in the middle. Narine only conceded 3-4 runs and these were the moments where the game shifted in favour of KKR.
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“There was always that belief that CSK can chase down all sorts of targets and that fear often made the opposition teams make wrong decisions. Today, Karthik stood by his plans even tough the Super Kings had 90 runs in the first 10 overs. Hats off to Karthik,” said Jadeja while speaking to Cricbuzz. (IPL 2020)
Former India opener Virender Sehwag also praised Karthik for keeping his two spinners- Narine and Varun Chakravarthy for the final few overs of the match.
“If this was a strategy, then excellent but sometimes captains do forget that one of their main bowlers is unused. Jokes apart, I think Karthik really reserved his spinners Narine and Varun Chakravarthy for the overs between 9 and 20, this was the right strategy,” said Sehwag. (IPL 2020)