The extended two-week quarantine of Chennai Super Kings unit did hinder his preparations as he didn’t get an opportunity to bat for a very long time, stated skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after his group’s 16 runs defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their second IPL video game here on Tuesday. Dhoni was available in to bat at No 7 sending out the similarity Sam Curran and Kedar Jadhav ahead of him in a massive 217- run chase.
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Sharjah, Sep 22: The prolonged two-week quarantine of Chennai Super Kings system did hamper his preparations as he didn’t get an opportunity to bat for a very long time, said skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after his group’s 16 runs defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their 2nd IPL game here on Tuesday. Dhoni came in to bat at No 7 sending the likes of Sam Curran and Kedar Jadhav ahead of him in a massive 217- run chase.
Asked why he came so low, the CSK skipper said, “I haven’t batted for a long period of time. 14- day quarantine doesn’t help.” Dhoni’s referral was to CSK’s additional one-week quarantine after 13 people in their contingent checked positive for COVID-19, leading to losing out on essential training sessions. He was not out on 29 off 17 balls with three 6s in the last over. Although he didn’t call Murali Vijay however the veteran opener’s run-a-ball 21 was one of the reasons for CSK falling short besides an off-day from his spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla. “With 217 on the board, we needed a great start which was not the case. Steve (Smith) and (Sanju) Samson batted very well. We need to give credit to their bowlers. When you’ve seen the very first innings, you knew the lengths to bowl,” Dhoni stated. “Their spinners succeeded to bowl away from the batsman. Our spinners made the error to bowl too full. If we would’ve possibly restricted them to 200, it would’ve been a good game.” His competing captain Steve Smith praised Jofra Archer’s big hits in the last over that ultimately altered the game.
” I believe the last surge from Jofra was an unbelievable little striking. Sanju Samson, looked like whatever he struck chose six. MS smacked a few in the end, and Faf got going too, but great to get a win,” Smith said. Smith waxed eloquent about Sanju’s nine sixes.
” Sanju was extraordinary, and all I needed to do was give him the strike. This should offer him a great deal of confidence. Jos (Buttler) is a quality gamer and we’ll see what takes place when he comes back. Difficult to take the opening slot away from someone like him.”.
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