As Chennai Super Kings (CSK) took on Delhi Capitals (DC), fans hoped to see MS Dhoni batting higher up but it was once again the same story as the CSK skipper stepped out at No. 6 position, behind Ruturaj Gaikwad and Kedar Jadhav. Seeing Dhoni’s captaincy decisions being criticised by fans and experts, former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja feels the new generation will remember ‘this MS Dhoni’ which would be really sad.
There’s no doubting Dhoni’s greatness. The 39-year-old is unarguably one of the finest servants of Indian cricket. He remains a man who has won everything there was to be won but as he scripts another chapter in his life post-international retirement, the cricketing world is seeing a new Dhoni which they aren’t very impressed with.
Speaking to Gaurav Kapoor on Cricbuzz, Jadeja lamented Dhoni’s decision to come out at No. 6 against Delhi saying ‘no battle is won while fighting from the back’.
“I would again same the same thing. I am not happy with MS Dhoni’s batting position. No war is won while fighting from behind. There’s a saying in the Army that a war concludes when the General steps out,” he said.
In the absence of Suresh Raina and now Ambati Rayudu, the CSK middle-order has been crumbling under pressure. Jadeja, hence, highlighted the need for Dhoni to take responsibility in his own hands and not rely on others considering how depleted this team is in terms of quality.
“In cricket, I believe that the one who fights from the front has a better chance of winning the battle. If you have soldiers who can win the battle for you and you can only work towards strategising the war, that’s a different scenario. But doesn’t look like the case here,” he further said.
While those who have seen the Dhoni of old, know what a great player he is and will remember him for his achievements forever. But the new generation which is starting to see cricket will develop a different perception of Dhoni altogether.
“Dhoni has retired from Indian cricket team duty but is still leading CSK. Those kids who have started watching cricket now would remember the Dhoni they are seeing on the screens, contrary to the great cricketer they were being told about before which is the sad part,” Jadeja asserted.
As far as the IPL 2020 goes, be it Dhoni’s captaincy decisions or his general outlook towards the game, fans aren’t impressed with what they are seeing. While there’s a long way to go before the season concludes, all of his fans are keeping their fingers crossed to see the MS Dhoni of old when the team returns after a 7-day break.