IPL 2018: MS Dhoni has been absolutely magnificent this IPL, says Vivian Richards

Sir Viv is also impressed by the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik for KKR.

MS Dhoni pic credit AFP

Vivian Richards, the former West Indies great and one of the world's best ever batsman, has written in his column for the TOI that he thinks that MS Dhoni has been in terrific form this season of the Indian Premier League and that "There is no doubt that MS Dhoni has been unstoppable this season" for Chennai Super Kings. 

Writing in his column about tonight's game where Chennai Super Kings will be playing against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Sir Viv said, "There is no doubt that MS Dhoni has been unstoppable this season, but Dinesh Karthik has brought something new to the table by putting abundant faith in his young bowlers," 

"Showing confidence and mentoring youngsters seems to be the No 1 agenda in Karthik's scheme of things. KKR's Shivam Mavi went for a lot of runs against Punjab but Karthik played Mavi in the next match and the bowler justified the faith shown on him. Another factor that works for Kolkata is Sunil Narine's role as an opener. It reminds me of [Sanath] Jayasuriya during his heydays. Both teams have a well-rounded squad that knows when to step up, but it will be interesting to see what the boys do on their given day."

Sir Vivian Richards further added about the game and the two concerned teams that, "Among the teams that hope to occupy the top four slots, Chennai is the stand outside. A team that was frowned upon for being full of retired players, it has stepped up and shown the world what experience can do for them. Each player is aware of his role and executes it to perfection," 

"Ambati Rayudu is their in-form player. Though he has been in the IPL for a while - eight years with the Mumbai Indians - the current season seems have brought out his best. He knows exactly the kind of innings the team needs and he has delivered it too, amassing 370 runs in eight innings."


By Kashish Chadha - 03 May, 2018

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