For the second year straight, the captain of the Chennai Super Kings franchise, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is being criticised for not showing intent or being unable to lead from the front, even in easy matches.
The clash between Dhoni’s CSK and KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings saw Deepak Chahar go on an absolute tear and break the opposing batting order’s back with his pace deliveries. Going for a phenomenal 4/13 spell in four overs, Chahar’s efforts limited PBKS to just a 106-run total which the CSK batsmen were able to chase down in less than 16 overs and won the match with six wickets and 26 deliveries in hand.View this post on Instagram
And even though the CSK’s first win of the season proved to be too quick and simple, the fans of the squad couldn’t help but complain about the fact that Dhoni refused to come out and bat and kept sending one player after another in his place instead.
The fact that the Ranchi-born had his worst season in the league last year, scoring just 200 runs in 14 matches doesn’t help his case and his second-ball duck dismissal against Delhi Capitals earlier this season only adds to his misery.April 10, 2021
Former Indian opener and one of the biggest critics of the skipper at the moment, Gautam Gambhir has also shown his concern towards whatever is going on in Mahi’s mind and wishes to understand why he refuses to play higher in the batting line-up.
“MS Dhoni should be batting higher, that’s what matters because ultimately people should start leading from the front. We keep mentioning this thing that a leader needs to lead from the front. You can’t be leading, when you’re batting at No.7," Gambhir said on Star Sports' show Cricket LIVE, ahead of the CSK and PBKS clash.
While CSK and PBKS were locking horns, the official Twitter handle of the Indian Premier League shared a picture of Dhoni and youngster Shahrukh Khan having a chat but the critical fans and trolls used this opportunity to start memeing the 39-year old star.
Dhoni: Credit khana sikh sbse jaruri wahi h Baaki batting to upar niche chalta rhega— Harsh Singh (@HarshSi33694836) April 17, 2021
Dhoni: Cricketing skills toh acchi hai but kagaz usey jyada jaruri hai— Jayu Royals (@Indianslumdog) April 16, 2021
This "Thala giving tips to youngsters" is the only Scripted thing in IPL. https://t.co/a7HCnp7c0M— 𝐃𝐞𝐯 ࿗ (@Kohlization) April 17, 2021
At times I feel, players are made to sit with legends for pictures.
Look at the camera angle and how is that they spot these interactions.. https://t.co/BOVA7Jc1Uj
shahrukh is going to flop with this tips and trick!— Michael Porter (@Educated_Writer) April 16, 2021
Best thing about ipl is watching MSD play..he should bat higher.— Abhinav Anurag (@abhi_31117) April 16, 2021