IPL 2018: Skipper MS Dhoni worried about Chennai Super Kings' death overs bowling

CSK death bowling hasn't improved in last three matches.

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja | IANS

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) might have been successful in producing 2 wins out of last three matches, but their problem of death bowling hasn't solved yet. They defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with ease, but they had to chase 20 runs more after the Kiwi bowler Tim Southee scored 36 odd runs.

Dhoni, when asked about the pressure of death bowling being put on Dwayne Bravo, said that they are worried about their death bowling going ahead in the tournament.

"What we're slightly worried about is the bowling department - if you see the first few games, there was no individual who stepped up and said he could bowl in the death overs. The good thing is we have a lot of all-rounders, we need to know who is our death bowling option going ahead, that's what we are worried about. That's the reason for so many changes in the team for every game," Dhoni said after the match.

The CSK skipper wants to use Bravo as a perfectionist in death overs. But he has disappointed him till now. "We are playing with multiple line-ups, so if someone on a good day bowls two or three overs (if possible four), that helps us keep Bravo at the end, he doesn't need to bowl four overs always if he could become our death-overs specialist.

"It also helps the other bowlers know what they are expected to do, he also knows what he has to do in that over. In the 9-10 games we have played, none of them have shown the consistency to bowl in the death overs," Dhoni added.

Dhoni lauded Ravindra Jadeja's bowling performance whose match-winning performance was due for a long time. "They (RCB) kept losing wickets, that helped me keep the off-spinner for the longer side and the left-arm spinner for the shorter side.

"Jadeja bowled very well, he was maneuvering his pace, bowled with a flatter trajectory. Virat and AB - both getting out made things slightly easy - they bowled 8 overs in tandem, that helped me to keep them going. As a team, we bowled really well," Dhoni concluded.

CSK defeated RCB by 6 wickets and chased down the target of 128 in just 18 overs. Jadeja was picked Man of the match for his 3-wicket haul. 


By Sihyeu Singh - 06 May, 2018

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