Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni capped off a disappointing Indian Premier League 2020 campaign without a single fifty for the first time in his IPL career.
Dhoni, who is arguably the greatest finisher in the history of white-ball cricket, looks a pale shadow of his past as a batsman in this Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni hasn’t looked in his best of touch in IPL 2020 thus far as rustiness crept in his batting.
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Even Dhoni himself conceded that he has struggled to find form due to a lack of cricket and practice in the last 12 months. So far the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain has managed just 199 runs in 12 innings at an average of 28.42 with his top score this season reading 47 not out.
Dhoni came into this IPL completely undercooked. The World Cup semifinal against New Zealand at Old Trafford on July 10, 2019, was his last competitive fixture. And the lack of competitive action showed in his game as Dhoni was struggling to find consistency and keep the scoreboard moving.
MS Dhoni was asked during the toss for the IPL 2020 clash between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab if it was his “last game ever in yellow?” Dhoni was quick to respond and gave an emphatic two-word answer — “Definitely not”.
In a season that saw CSK failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in IPL’s history, Dhoni struggled with the bat, these two words have certainly come as a huge relief for many cricket fans.
Sangakkara backs Dhoni to return strong in IPL 2021
Sangakkara has urged MS Dhoni to play competitive cricket in the build-up to the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) while hoping that the veteran gloveman returns to lead the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. Sangakkara stated that one bad season doesn’t make Dhoni a lesser player or less important for CSK in the future.
“I am sure he is hungry to keep playing, hungry to perform. Knowing MSD, he would much rather take a team win than a half-century for himself. That’s the way he has been built, that’s the way he has always thought. If he can contribute to it in any way, even by scoring 10 runs he’d be happy.