In his column for the Times of India, Manjrekar wrote, “Chennai Super Kings as a team has rarely been under pressure in the league stage. This time they are. Even their die-hard fans have gone quiet on social media, they seem a little concerned. They look towards MS Dhoni for salvation. Chennai’s approach has been very unique in the tournament, it’s a team that is the opposite of Mumbai, who have virtually every member in their team capable of winning a T20 game on their own. Chennai may not compare with Mumbai as well, in this regard, but as a unit it is as match winning one. And for this to happen they need Dhoni at the helm.”
CSK, one of probably the most dominant groups within the historical past of IPL, have misplaced two of the three video games they’ve performed.
“Any other captain would not be able to extract what Dhoni does from this team and when Chennai eventually have to look at life beyond Dhoni we may see a completely different structure of the team, unless Dhoni still remains the cricket nerve centre of the franchise, then maybe not. But this would be interesting to see this in the coming years. For now Dhoni has some small, clinical cricketing issues to sort out – on a good pitch he must have an additional bowling option, most teams are now starting to do that. At Chennai they could afford to rely on Jadeja to bowl his 4, in UAE for now at least, it’s an unreliable tactic,” Manjrekar added.
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Ambati Rayudu, hero of CSK’s opening IPL victory towards Mumbai Indians, missed out due to gentle hamstring harm and Dwayne Bravo has been additionally carrying a niggle of comparable nature because the Caribbean Premier League the place he did not bowl within the final two video games. But now each Rayudu and Bravo can be found for choice. Manjrekar feels that the Dhoni-led aspect should have a look at a further bowling choice to get again to successful methods.
“Chennai can easily afford to drop a batsman to have more bowling strength. Vijay would most likely be replaced by Ambati Rayudu in tonight’s game, so that should bolster their batting, but bowling, well…perhaps if Rituraj Gaekwad is batting in the middle, might as well leave him out and get in a pure bowler. It’s really tough for a kid to bat in the middle in this tournament. They can instead have a bowler they can bank on to bowl his 4 overs. Bravo, Tahir are the obvious options,” Manjrekar opined.
For Hyderabad to succeed, they want to discover that one reliable Indian large-hitter within the center order in case their prime three — Jonny Bairstow, David Warner and Kane Williamson fail in unison.
“Hyderabad finally had a win, just when they were looking really lacklustre, they beat the fancied Delhi. Was it a convincing win, which may trigger a long term upward graph, I am not so sure. If not for Kane Williamson’s brilliance, Hyderabad would have lost the game. Warner for the first time in tournament history is not looking as formidable as he usually does, although he got a 50, I am not yet convinced with Bairstow’s form and self-confidence,” Manjrekar wrote.
For Hyderabad, the presence of Williamson made a fragile center-order, full of Indian rookies, regarded extra stable within the final match. Both Bairstow and Warner additionally obtained their share of runs. Hyderabad have discovered their dying overs specialist in T Natarajan, who could be a perfect foil to world’s No.1 T20 bowler Rashid Khan.
“Williamson in the playing XI now makes Hyderabad look a much better batting side, also one other significant thing that happened in the last game, was we finally knew why Natarajan their left arm seamer, was being played ahead of Sandeep Sharma, Kaul and Thampi. Well, Natarajan can bowl the old fashioned, classical yorkers at will and with control. Batting has evolved over the years and now it has got a 360 degree range,” Manjrekar signed off.