Former India opener Gautam Gambhir opined that though Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the second spot in the IPL 2021 points table, their captain MS Dhoni needs to work on the batting order, ahead of the resumption of the tournament in UAE.
CSK will clash with arch-rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) in the first match of the tournament which will be played on September 19.
Ahead of the match, Gautam Gambhir, while speaking on the Star Sports show Game Plan, said MS Dhoni needs to sort out CSK’s batting order. He also felt that Dhoni is trying to be more of a keeper-mentor to the team.
“MS was a player who would have actually batted at number 4 or 5 but we have seen in the first leg that he normally bats at number 6 or 7. There are times when he has pushed Sam Curran before him as well. The reason behind this is that he’s probably trying to be a mentor and a wicketkeeper who can lead the side and keep wickets,” Gambhir said.
Gambhir pointed out that MS Dhoni is no longer the finisher of the old, especially after giving up international cricket in 2020. He felt that the CSK top-order needs to fire.
He said: “If the situation comes to a point where he probably has to play 8 or 10 balls, he can just go out there and whack them. But it’s going to be difficult for him because once you are not playing international cricket, IPL is a very difficult tournament. It’s not like CPL and other leagues. IPL is where you face top-quality bowlers. For me, I think the biggest challenge for CSK will be that the top-order needs to fire."