Chennai Super Kings swing bowler Deepak Chahar is confident that we will see the best of MS Dhoni in the second half of IPL 2021. The CSK captain was once again able to lead from the front as the franchise won five out of the seven matches they played and were at the second place in the points table before the tournament was indefinitely suspended by the BCCI.
However, Dhoni wasn’t able to deliver the goods with the bat as he could only amass 37 runs in four innings he played at an average of 12.33 and a strike rate of 123.33. As Dhoni has retired from International cricket, he lacks match time and thus pushed himself down the batting order in IPL 2021.
Dhoni has all the experience under his belt but lack of match practice has led to his downfall with the bat.
Deepak Chahar said while talking to Sportskeeda, “A batsman cannot bat the same way for 15-20 years. If any batsman hasn’t played regular cricket before, it is never easy to just come to a competition of the level of IPL and start performing, it takes time. He has always played the finisher’s rule, which is even tougher when you haven’t played regular cricket. Even in the 2018 and 2019 IPL seasons, Dhoni bhai started a bit slowly by his standards, but his stroke play became fluent as the season progressed. So you might get to see the best of MS Dhoni in the second half of the season.”
On the other hand, Deepak Chahar scalped eight wickets in the seven matches for CSK and took two four wicket hauls. Chahar added that Dhoni has shown faith in him as a strike bowler.
“This has been my fourth year at CSK and Dhoni bhai has shown his trust in me as his strike bowler. This trust is so important because he has not just inspired me but also many others. His best quality as a captain is about how to utilize a player on a particular day for a particular situation. I’ve bowled three overs in the powerplay in pretty much every game for CSK and have learned a lot through him,” Deepak Chahar asserted.
Meanwhile, CSK once again came up with a collective effort in IPL 2021 and thus they were able to come up with consistent performances. It is reported that IPL 2021 could resume in the UAE in the third week of September.