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IPL 2021: MS Dhoni’s Prediction Once Again Impressed Former Cricketers


MS Dhoni’s ‘dry ball will turn prediction’ in the CSK vs RR IPL 2021 match which resulted in Ravindra Jadeja getting Jos Buttler’s wicket in the next ball, impressed former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Scott Styris, and Pragyan Ojha.

Undoubtedly MS Dhoni’s cricket reading and leadership skills are often praised and it came to the fore again when the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain provided an ideal demonstration by predicting that a dry ball will turn, which immediately led to the dismissal of Jos Buttler from a Ravindra Jadeja delivery that spun past his bat.


MS Dhoni Heard In The Stump Microphone That Dry Ball Will Turn

Chasing 189 for victory, Rajasthan Royals were on course with Jos Buttler going all guns blazing. The RR wicketkeeper-batsman hit a six off Jadeja’s bowling in the 10th over which prompted a ball-change as it had landed deep into the stands.

At the start of Jadeja’s next over, MS Dhoni was heard in the stump mic saying in Hindi that the dry ball will turn. As astonishing as it may sound, the first ball of the 12th overpitched around leg stump and spun past Jos Buttler’s bat to hit the stumps, leaving both MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja overjoyed.

Ravindra Jadeja bowled Jos Butler as keeper MS Dhoni Looks On
Ravindra Jadeja bowled Jos Butler as keeper MS Dhoni Looks On Image credit: iplt20.com

Sunil Gavaskar spotted MS Dhoni’s brilliance from behind the stumps and lauded the CSK captain.

“The bowling changes he made (was brilliant). The moment the ball was changed after Jos Buttler hit that six and a dry ball came, he said it in Hindi to Jadeja that the next ball will turn and it did turn.

“Jos Buttler got out and then he gave the ball to Moeen Ali. A dry ball for a spinner… Again, brilliant captaincy from Dhoni,” Sunil Gavaskar said in the post-match show on Star Sports.

The legendary India cricketer further credited MS Dhoni for his field placements in his 200th match as CSK skipper.

“Very impressed (with Dhoni’s captaincy)… In his 200th match as captain of CSK, he was spot on with just about everything. The bowling changes, the field placements.

“Jadeja took 4 catches but apart from that, look at the number of boundaries he saved and that is so important, to keep the right fielders in the right position and Dhoni had that,” he added.

Sunil Gavaskar was not the only one who spotted MS Dhoni’s advice to Ravindra Jadeja. Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha said that the advice changed the momentum of the match after RR was cruising at 87/2 in the 12th over with Jos Buttler and Shivam Dube at the crease.

In the same over, Ravindra Jadeja got another one to spin back sharply to left-hander Shivam Dube and trapped him LBW. MS Dhoni sensed that the spinners could now call the shots and he threw the ball to off-spinner Moeen Ali.

Moeen Ali Returns With 3/7 As CSK Wins By 45 Runs

The off-spinner Moeen Ali did not disappoint. He got David Miller out in his first over and then in his next, dismissed Riyan Parag and Chris Morris identically to end any chance of RR winning. Moeen Ali returned with 3 for 7 in his 3 overs to be awarded MOM as CSK restricted RR with 143 for 9, winning the match comfortably by 45 runs.

Moeen Ali (Photo Credit : CSK Twitter Handle)
Moeen Ali (Photo Credit: CSK Twitter Handle)

Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris who represented CSK during his playing days said he did not even expect that the ball would turn so much in RR’s innings.

“I don’t think anybody would have expected the ball to turn as much as it did in the 2nd innings. But Dhoni read the game expertly, he deserved a victory in his 200th game as captain of CSK. Simply, the brilliance he has shown for the franchise over the last 12 or more years.

“I think he is a bit more animated in this season, look at the way he celebrates the wickets, he knows how important it is for CSK to get back after last year’s performance,” said Scott Styris.

MS Dhoni’s brilliant game reading skills in the CSK vs RR IPL 2021 match impressed the trio of former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Scott Styris, and Pragyan Ojha.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered their second consecutive victory in the season after beating Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 45 runs in Match 12 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.

Moeen Ali starred with the ball while Ravindra Jadeja grabbed 4 catches, adding to his two crucial breakthroughs that powered CSK to a comprehensive win over RR.

Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 188/9 (Faf du Plessis 33, Ambati Rayudu 27; Chetan Sakariya 3/36) beat Rajasthan Royals 143/9 (Jos Buttler 49, Jaydev Unadkat 24; Moeen Ali 3/7) by 45 runs. 

Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag, the former swashbuckling opener was impressed by the return of Virat Kohli in form as he scored his 26th fifty in 2nd T20I against England further explaining how watching him bat should be a lesson for youngsters like Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan.

Virender Sehwag pointed out a similarity between him and the great legendary former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, and explained his point better, by mentioning how the former India captain would explain to Virender Sehwag the value of making the most of an inning.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag: Rishabh Pant And Ishan Kishan Should Learn From Virat Kohli To Finish The Match And Remain Unbeaten

A regular feature of Virat Kohli’s batting in his career has been the number of times he has remained unbeaten especially in the shortest format. In fact, in 81 T20I innings, the India captain has remained not out 22 times, which proves just how good he is.

After a long time, Virat Kohli, the master of the chase was on display, batted in full throttle, and guided India home in the second T20I against England on Sunday. Virat Kohli, who is on a lean patch, returned to form by scoring 73 off 49 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes besides being unbeaten. His return to form couldn’t come at a better time as the T20I World Cup is a few months away.

” When it’s Virat Kohli’s days, he ensures he finishes the match and is right there till the end, irrespective of the format he is batting in. This is a special aspect about his batting. Like Ajay (Jadeja) said, Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan should learn from Kohli, that when it’s your day, just don’t get out. That’s exactly what Tendulkar used to do,” Virender Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli added 94 runs in 9 overs for the 2nd wicket in the 2nd T20I (Reuters Photo)
Photo Credit; Twitter.

Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli added 94 runs in 9 overs for the 2nd wicket in the 2nd T20I (Reuters Photo)

“He used to tell me ‘if today is a good day for you, then play as long as you can, remain not out and score runs’ because what kind of day you have tomorrow, whether you’ll score runs, is not known. But today you know the way you’re playing, the ball is appearing like a football,” Virender Sehwag added.

Ishan Kishan also impressed with a 28-ball half-century in his first outing in India colours, but the youngster lost his wicket, by being trapped plumb in front of the wicket to spinner Adil Rashid for 56 off 32 balls in the same over where he had smacked consecutive sixes to bring up his fifty. Ishan Kishan was joined by the Indian captain and the duo went on to share a 94-run second-wicket stand between them.

Virender Sehwag: It’s Important To Remain Unbeaten Which Wasn’t The Case For Rishabh Pant

As for Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper-batsman had raced to 26 off 13 balls with two fours and as many sixes before a rush of adrenaline saw him hit Chris Jordan to Jonny Bairstow at long-on. Although at that stage, India was nicely motoring along, it would have been a different feeling to close out the match, reckoned Virender Sehwag.

“So make the most of it and stay not out because it’s important. This holds true for both Pant and Kishan, more so for Pant because when he came out to bat, he had hit a six and a four in that over. Had he rotated the strike, waited for the bad balls, the match could have been over sooner,” the former India opening batsman said.

IND vs ENG: Rishabh Pant Plays Astonishing Reverse Scoop Off Jofra Archer.
Rishabh Pant’s reverse scoop off Jofra Archer drew several reactions on social media.© BCCI

Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests in Australia averaging 68.5. He scored 91,11, unbeaten 58, 8, and 101 in the 5 innings against England. He managed 270 runs against England in 4 Tests averaging 54.

Rishabh Pant’s average has been less than 30 and he has managed only 3 fifties in both the limited-overs formats combined as he has most often gifted his wicket but he will look to make amends in the remaining 3 T20Is and if selected in the 3 ODIs that follows the T20I series.

Ishant Sharma bagged his 300th Test scalp in the second innings of the ongoing first Test between India and England at Chennai.

Milestone man Ishant Sharma reached a new landmark in his career as he entered the 300 Test wickets club on Day 4 of the ongoing first Test against England in Chennai with the wicket of Daniel Lawrence.

Ishant Sharma.
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Ishant Sharma Is Bowling A Lot Further: Sunil Gavaskar

Over the last 2-3 years, Ishant Sharma has re-established himself in the Indian team, having made some technical adjustments in his bowling action. After Ishant Sharma bagged his 300th scalp in the longest format, Sunil Gavaskar highlighted the changes that the lanky speedster has made in his bowling action.

Explaining the tweaks that Ishant Sharma has made in his bowling, Sunil Gavaskar explained that the pacer now bowls a lot further on the wicket than he earlier used to. The change in length is what has made him a better wicket-taking bowler in red-ball cricket.

“He’s bowling a lot further. He was earlier on bowling maybe around 18 inches shorter and so, therefore, was going past the outside edge, beating the batsmen. It was all looking very good but in the wickets column he wasn’t actually showing results,” Gavaskar said during the tea interval on Day 4 of the first Test against Chennai.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Now that he’s started doing that in the last 2-3 years, this the kind of dismissals he gets – LBW, with the ball keeping low. The further you bowl, the more you get the opportunity to make the bowl move in the air or off the pitch.”

Playing his 98th Test for India, Ishant Sharma bagged three more scalps in the second innings to breach the 300-wicket mark. He had earlier claimed two wickets of Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in the first innings against England at Chepauk.

Ishant Sharma Joins Elite List Comprising Of Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, And Ravichandran Ashwin

Having entered the 300-wicket club, Ishant Sharma has now joined an elite list consisting of legendary Indian bowlers like Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Anil Kumble Harbhajan Singh
Anil Kumble Harbhajan Singh Image Credits: Twitter

Over the last three years itself, the lanky pacer has picked 47 wickets in 19 Tests. In comparison, the tall pacer had 172 wickets to his name in 60 Tests in the first 8 years of his career (2010 to 2017). Considering the injury issues he has had of late, the Delhi-born pacer’s figures are truly exceptional.

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