New Delhi. Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has said that it would not be a good idea for fans to expect Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s batting form to return. Manjrekar’s statement came after Dhoni’s brilliant winning six for CSK in the last over against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The 40-year-old former India captain is not one to score runs with a bat in his hand but he has made a significant impact with his decision-making skills as a cool head for the Super Kings so far.
Batting at number six for the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has scored just 66 runs in eight innings in IPL 2021 at a poor average of 13.2. However, his recent knock of 14 not out filled ‘Thala Dhoni’ fans with nostalgia as they are used to leading him to wins late in the innings like a master finisher. The ‘Yellow Army’ of CSK’s followers hopes that the veterans will regain their form. Dhoni’s signature six strengthened the trust in the Yellow Camp.
‘Not good to expect the old Dhoni to come back with the bat’
Sanjay Manjrekar while talking to ESPNcricinfo said, “Yes, we were romantic and lost in memories after Dhoni’s six against Sunrisers Hyderabad. But till now Dhoni has not done anything special with the bat. And it seems it is not a good idea to expect the old Dhoni to come back with the bat. Apart from this, his poor batting form is not hurting CSK. Other players are looking in excellent form. It is true that Dhoni is not in form with the bat, but his captaincy is definitely in form.
Dhoni’s 200 matches as captain in IPL
MS Dhoni was all set for his historic appearance in the yellow jersey in IPL 2021 match number 47 (October 2) as he steps onto the pitch for the 200th time as captain of a side in the IPL’s 14-year-long journey. Were. Prior to this, Dhoni captained the 199th match in the IPL, out of which he won on 119 occasions and lost 79 times. With a remarkable win percentage of 60.1 percent, MSD also known as ‘Mentor Singh Dhoni’ is the most successful captain ever in IPL history.
‘Dhoni’s record as captain can never be broken’
The 56-year-old Indian commentator feels that Dhoni’s record as a captain can never be broken. He said, “Winning 60% of your matches in IPL – that is a great record. I don’t think this record can ever be broken. The biggest thing he did for CSK was that he made changes in the team after last year, when CSK were at the bottom of the table. Dhoni was pushed a little out of his comfort zone. They usually have their own set of players, but the way they have transformed the team this season and played with the right combinations, it has been exceptional.”
In addition, Dhoni has been roped in as Team India’s mentor for the upcoming ICC World T20 in the United Arab Emirates starting on October 17, where India will take on Pakistan in their opening match in Dubai on October 24.