MS Dhoni Sends Ravindra Jadeja Ahead Of Himself In IPL 2020 Match
Chennai Super Kings were heading towards a comfortable win as Rayudu, and du Plessis was taking the team forward at a brisk pace. However, suddenly Chennai lost their wicket in Rayudu and CSK required 42 off 24 balls. CSK fans were not very worried as they knew either Dhoni or Kedhar Jadhav was coming.
However, Mastermind Dhoni never fails to surprise, and he sent Jadeja instead. Jadeja was instructed batting fearlessly and swing his bat left and right for boundaries. It did pay off, and Chennai needed 29 off 17 when Jadeja lost his wicket.
Sam Curran Comes Ahead Of MS Dhoni In IPL 2020 Opener
After Jadeja left partly doing his job, everyone expected a Dhoni showdown. However, again surprising everyone, Dhoni decided to send Sam Curran, and he almost sealed the deal for Chennai. He hit a quick 18 runs from just six balls. Dhoni proved that he might have come after a long time, but his mind is not rusty at all. Sam Curran’s cameo fired Chennai to a comfortable win.
MS Dhoni Gives The Reason Behind Sending Sam Curran And Ravindra Jadeja Ahead
Everyone was surprised by Dhoni’s decision and the same was taken up during the post-match presentation of the IPL 2020 opener. Dhoni said:
“At some point, I thought we needed to give Jadeja and someone like Sam to go ahead in the batting order and express themselves. They still had two spinners remaining, and we tried to intimidate the bowler a bit, it was just a psychological aspect. We know we bat quite deep and wanted them to go after the bowler. If you clear one or two [sixes], then it is easier for the batsmen to follow.”
Sam Curran Reveals He Was Surprised About Going Ahead Of MS Dhoni
Sam Curran was taken aback when Dhoni asked him to bat first. He said:
“To be honest, very surprised I went in [at No. 6] but he’s a genius, he obviously thought something. Great win in the end. That [18th over from Pandya] was the over we wanted to target – a six or out approach mentality. Take the risk, and if it comes off it comes off, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”