Sir Viv Richards has kept MS Dhoni on the list of players to watch out. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper's innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has restored everyone's faith in him. He scored 70* on 34 balls to guide his team home in a 206-run chase.
He was criticized and even being said to get replaced by youngsters in the shorter format. Earlier, he had played a few innings at a slow pace.
Richards think Dhoni has still a lot in himself to deliver. “Dhoni was back to his best with the bat again, carrying the entire hope of his team and the fans on his shoulder in the final overs of the game. He and Ambati (Rayudu) played brilliantly to set the tone for the chase, which would have even inspired DJ (Bravo) to have the belief when he walked in. The Chennai skipper, unlike his Mohali entry, started instantly in Bangalore, which was a sign that he is still the player to watch out for, despite the criticisms he has recently received,” wrote Richards.
“The man, as always, kept his cool to push his team over the line in a thrilling game which always has been the case when these two sides have met in the past," the former West Indies cricketer wrote in Times of India.
Over 400 runs were scored and total 33 sixes were hit in the game between RCB and CSK at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The visitors had chased down the mammoth total with 5 wickets.
“What a brilliant game of cricket we had at Bangalore on Wednesday. I was seriously expecting an explosive game when the two best teams in the IPL faced each other. Chennai under the captaincy of Dhoni against the Bangalore boys of Virat Kohli, would be one of the fiercest battles you will find in cricket at this time,” wrote Richards.
“Interestingly, the home team pulled the momentum to their side even further dismissing Chennai’s explosive top order batting within nine overs into the second innings. Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav were accurate enough to cut down the run-flow and pick wickets simultaneously making it even harder for the chasing team to catch up with the required rate. But credit to Chennai for not succumbing to the pressure and holding the nerves,” he added.