MS Dhoni has struggled with the bat in the last two editions of the IPL, accumulating a total of 314 runs in 30 matches. If his 200 runs in IPL 2020 were disappointing, Dhoni’s score of only 114 runs the next year was considerably worse. Dhoni hasn’t made a half-century in the last two seasons, though he did play a cameo of 18 off 6 balls in IPL 2021, which helped Chennai Super Kings win the Qualifier 1 game against Delhi Capitals.
With 13 runs needed off the final over, Dhoni smashed three fours off Avesh Khan and turned the clock back. Dhoni was at his ‘finisher’ best, but former India all-rounder Reetinder Sodhi believes the CSK skipper’s batting days are behind him. And, if statistics are to be believed, this may be the case. Dhoni generally bats lower down the order for CSK, but Sodhi believes that with his finishing skills waning, CSK and Dhoni would both benefit if the skipper batted higher.
MS Dhoni will have to bat higher in the order since he is no longer the same finisher he was a few years ago. He may strike the lusty blows later if he takes his time and comes in the 10th or 11th over. Sodhi claimed on India News, which also featured former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim, that MS Dhoni “knows he is the key to CSK’s hopes.”
Dhoni has been CSK’s main man for numerous years, but Sodhi believes that this time the attention will be on star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja has been in fantastic form since returning from a shoulder injury, and is coming off a career-best 175 for India against Sri Lanka. Despite the fact that the IPL is a different kettle of fish, Jadeja has previously demonstrated why he is the total deal.
Ravindra Jadeja’s performance will be crucial. The way he batted in the Mohali Test match, and the way he is bowling, are both positive indicators for Chennai, indicating that if he finds his form, he may lead them to the IPL final. “All these major players, including Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni, have to accept a lot of responsibility,” Sodhi pointed out.