InsideSport brings you complete low-down on what is going on in CSK’s camp in regard to Dhoni’s batting order as well as their preparations, strategy and changes in the team line-up for the game against Delhi Capitals.
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According to the information coming in from the sources, the CSK team coach Stephen Fleming has convinced the captain Dhoni to bat up in the order against the Delhi Capitals.
Dhoni had received a huge amount of flak from his former teammates Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag & England batting legend Kevin Pietersen for demoting himself to number 7 while chasing 217 against the Rajasthan Royals in the last game.
Sources have told InsideSport that the criticism notwithstanding, both coach & captain had a chat about the issue and it was agreed that by batting up in the order Dhoni will be able to serve the CSK better.
Dhoni scored 29 unbeaten runs in 17 balls against Royals. That is the only time he has spent in the middle in the last 18 months.
The sources told InsideSport that Fleming managed to reason it out with Dhoni that only way he can get his form back is by spending more time in the middle. Post the chat CSK’s captain has agreed to bat either at number 4-5 in the batting order.
“MS is one of the players that hasn’t played much cricket in the last year-and-a-half. Everyone expects MS to come out and do what he has done in the past. It doesn’t just happen, it takes a bit of work,” Fleming said ahead of Friday’s IPL match here against Delhi Capitals.
“… a part of his process of getting up to speed is his game time and that (match against RR) was really the first time that he’d batted in the middle apart from a couple of balls against Mumbai Indians.”
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Ambati Rayudu, who played a blazing 71-run knock in the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians but missed the match against RR due to an injury will again miss out.
“Rayudu is our in-form player and to lose him at that time (against RR) was disappointing. Hopefully it’s only a couple of games,” Fleming said.
Another likely change in the line up can come in form of Sam Curran who can be replaced with Imran Tahir in the CSK line-up.
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DC vs CSK in IPL 2020 LIVE: Where to catch DC vs CSK Live Streaming ?
The match between Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings will be live broadcasted on Star Sports Network in the Indian Sub-Continent. The DC vs CSK will also be Live Streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.