Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir was surprised to see MS Dhoni bat so down the order, despite Chennai Super Kings chasing a huge 217-run target to win.In a still chase on Tuesday night, the likes of Sam Curran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Kedar Jadhav batted at No.4, 5, and 6 respectively while Dhoni reserved himself for No.7.Gambhir, the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain, who led the franchise to two IPL titles, felt that Dhoni should have batted higher and led from the front.
I was a bit surprised, to be honest,” Gambhir said on ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time Out.“MS Dhoni batting at No.7? And sending [Ruturaj] Gaikwad before him, Sam Curran before him.Makes no sense to me.In fact, you should be leading from the front.And this is not what you call leading from the front.Batting at No.7 when you’re chasing what… 213 ? The game was over.Faf was probably the lone warrior.
Dhoni explained his reason to bat lower, saying he wanted to give others a chance considering he hasn’t played much cricket, but Gambhir reckons getting out early is a risk the CSK captain should have taken.