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‘Dhoni Shouldn’t Play If…’, Harbhajan Singh Strongly Responds To CSK’s Decision

Despite the win for Chennai Super Kings over Punjab Kings, Harbhajan remained critical of Dhoni's decision, stressing the need for quick runs and pointing out Dhoni's typical role as a finisher.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: May 6, 2024 12:09 IST
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Harbhajan Singh about Dhoni
Harbhajan Singh about Dhoni

In a departure from his usual batting position, MS Dhoni found himself at No. 9 for the first time in his T20 career during the IPL 2024 match against Punjab Kings. However, this move didn’t go as planned as he was dismissed for a golden duck. Dhoni, known for his role as a finisher for CSK this season, typically comes to bat with just a few overs remaining. In this particular match, he allowed both Mitchell Santner and Shardul Thakur to bat ahead of him before entering the crease in the 19th over. Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh expressed his dissatisfaction with this decision, suggesting that if Dhoni is to continue batting so low in the order, CSK should consider adding another pacer to their squad instead.

“MS Dhoni shouldn’t play if he wants to bat at the number 9 slot. It is better to include a fast bowler than him in the playing XI. He is the decision-maker and has let down his team by not coming out to bat.”

Shardul Thakur was sent in to bat ahead of Dhoni, a decision that Harbhajan Singh questioned. He pointed out that Thakur doesn’t possess the same hitting ability as Dhoni. Harbhajan emphasized that Dhoni typically has control over such decisions, implying that the choice to bat lower down the order wasn’t made without his approval.

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Harbhajan Singh expressed his surprise at Dhoni’s decision to stay back in such a crucial match against Punjab Kings, especially considering CSK’s need for quick runs. He highlighted Dhoni’s previous performances where he had delivered in similar situations. Harbhajan indicated that even if CSK were to win the match, he would still criticize Dhoni for his decision. He emphasized his commitment to speaking out for what he believes is right, regardless of others’ opinions.

Chennai Super Kings secured a vital victory over Punjab Kings, propelled by an outstanding all-round performance from Ravindra Jadeja. With this win, they have climbed to the third position in the IPL 2024 points table.

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First published on: May 06, 2024 11:59 AM IST

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