The former India captain MS Dhoni is currently in a poor run of form with the bat in IPL 2020. He came to IPL 2020 after not playing competitive cricket for more than a year. He last played in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand. He is clearly out of touch and hence is struggling to win matches for his team Chennai Super Kings.
Former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has a piece of advice for MS Dhoni witnessing his struggle with the bat. Sangakkara feels that CSK has nothing left to play for in IPL 2020. So, MS Dhoni should focus on how to make a strong comeback in IPL 2021. He suggested that MS Dhoni should play more cricket as playing only in IPL will not help him to regain his lost touch.
“He will, of course, be disappointed with his personal form but with only one game to go, I don’t think there is any point in trying to salvage that. It’s about winning games. He can address it after he goes and comes back next year,” Sangakkara said on Star Sports.
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“But what he has to do is to play some more super-competitive cricket in between. You can’t have long gaps between your IPL seasons, not playing international cricket or not playing regional or first-class cricket. He has got to be super competitive and play competitive cricket to be in form,” he added.
IPL 2020: Kumar Sangakkara believes MS Dhoni is still motivated to play good cricket
Kumar Sangakkara has further said that MS Dhoni is still hungry and motivated to play his best cricket and is a team man. Thus he will focus on guiding his team to a win rather than improving his personal numbers.
“I am sure he is hungry to keep playing, hungry to perform. Knowing MSD, he would much rather take a team win than a half-century for himself. That’s the way he has been built, that’s the way he has always thought. If he can contribute to it in any way, even by scoring 10 runs he’d be happy.”
Sanga said that any cricketer can go through a rough patch at any point of time, but that does not mean they can’t play. Both MS Dhoni and his team CSK are in a poor state currently, but Sangakkara believes that they will overcome this maturely and come back stronger.
“…. you will always have a season or series where you’re off the boil, and this is MS’. It has reflected on the team’s fortunes as well. And it’s something you get to expect. You can over analyse it, you analyse it any which way, it just happens. And it’s happened at the back end of MSD’s career.
“But that doesn’t make him a lesser player or less important for CSK at all. It’s just one of those phases that he has got to deal with and he’s got to come out of it,” Sangakkara concluded. (IPL 2020)