After a forgettable outing for the Chennai Super Kings against Delhi Capitals on Monday, several questioned were raised over the slow manner in which the CSK captain MS Dhoni operated. Winning the toss, Delhi Capitals had asked Chennai to bat and it felt as if the batters from the CSK’s dugout just didn’t turn up to the task. Delhi strike early and dismissed the top 3 batsmen one after the other. Rayudu with Uthappa who was making his debut put up some fight, but then Uthappa was also dismissed.
At a time when Chennai needed someone to speed up the process of run making, in walked the skipper of the team. Dhoni had awed his fans only two matches ago by finishing the match with a magnificent strike, to end the game. The fans were expecting something of the same league from him, once again, but what happened next left everyone infuriated. Dhoni played a slow inning of 18 runs in 27 balls. As a result, CSK could only accumulate 136 runs in their 20 overs.
In the second innings, even the DC batters had some issues and were reduced to 109-6 in just 17 overs. But they still managed to coast home, courtesy of the 28 runs inning by Hetmyer.
– 18 runs off 27 balls
– No boundaries
It was a sluggish innings from MS Dhoni against Delhi Capitals, but #CSK coach Stephen Fleming pointed out that "he wasn't the only one who struggled"
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 5, 2021
Addressing the same issue, CSK’s head coach, Stephen Fleming in a post-match Visual Conference defended his captain saying, ‘Dhoni was not the only one, it was a difficult day for strokeplay… it was a tough wicket to score big on in terms of big shots, both teams struggled with it towards the end of the innings.’
As far as the numbers go, there’s no doubt about the fact that MS Dhoni is struggling with the bat. He has now played 4 innings in this year’s IPL where he has faced 20+ balls and failed to hit a single boundary. He has accumulated just 84 runs in his 13 matches.