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Virender Sehwag rates MS Dhoni's captaincy 4/10 against RR; details

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 • Tamil Sport News Comments
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Following an easy five-wicket win against Mumbai Indians on the opening day of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings lost to Rajasthan Royals in the fourth match of the tournament in UAE.

MS Dhoni is undoubtedly one of the best captains in the history of Indian cricket and his record over the past decade is more than sufficient to prove that. However, there have been times when people questioned the skipper's decisions, with the latest being CSK's match last night against RR. Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag found a number of errors in Dhoni's judgement over the course of the match. Claiming that it looked like he wasn't even trying, Sehwag rated Dhoni's captaincy 4 out of 10. Also, Dhoni stepping up to bat at No. 7 for CSK was criticized by former England batsman Kevin Pietersen and a number of other experts as well. Sehwag told Cricbuzz, "I feel Dhoni could've batted higher up or even sent Ravindra Jadeja to bat after Sam Curran got out. The run-rate slowed down in the middle overs. If that hadn't happened and about 20-22 runs were required to win in the last over, the three sixes that Dhoni hit would've made people say 'wow, what a finish'. If over 30 runs are required, those three sixes wouldn't make a difference. I think Dhoni could've batted over Kedar Jadhav at least. The number of balls Jadhav played, had Dhoni been the one facing them, CSK wouldn't have finished with the deficit of 17-18 runs that they did."

He continued, "Even while CSK were fielding, Dhoni's captaincy had some strange decisions. He continued giving overs to Jadeja and Piyush Chawla despite them leaking runs. The four overs that CSK's spinners bowled to Sanju Samson, put the game in Rajasthan's favour. Dhoni then brought Lungi Ngidi who dismissed Samson and then Chawla was brought back into the attack. In his final two overs, Chawla only conceded 8 runs. This shows that Dhoni should've made these changes earlier."

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