'You don't expect MS Dhoni making these mistakes...': Sehwag's no-holds-barred attack on CSK skipper for GT loss

Apr 02, 2023 01:07 AM IST

Following CSK's loss, Virender Sehwag lashed out at MS Dhoni for his poor captaincy in the match which left him rather surprised at the mistakes he made.

Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) horror run in Indian Premier League (IPL) continued as they lost their 2023 season opener against defending champions Gujarat Giants by five wickets on Friday in Ahmedabad. It was their fourth successive loss in IPL, three of which came during their forgettable run in 2022. Following the loss, former India cricketer Virender Sehwag lashed out at MS Dhoni for his poor captaincy in the match which left him rather surprised at the mistakes he made.

Virender Sehwag; MS Dhoni
Virender Sehwag; MS Dhoni

Sehwag, in conversation with Cricbuzz, was particularly disappointed with the use of Tushar Despande, who was brought in as an Impact Player in place of Ambati Rayudu. The batting legend reckoned that with the pacer being hit for runs, Dhoni should have given one over to Moeen Ali in the middle phase.

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""Had Dhoni used an over from Moeen Ali somewhere in the middle, he may not have needed to go to Tushar Deshpande, who was highly expensive. You don't expect MS Dhoni making such mistakes often, but that's where you could use the risk-and-reward approach of using an off-spinner when right-handers are batting," he said.

Deshpande was smashed for 51 runs in four overs for just one wicket, of Shubman Gill, while Moeen Ali wasn't given the ball.

Veteran India batter Manoj Tiwary, who was part of the discussion, admitted that he was taken aback by Dhoni giving the new ball to Deshpande, pointing out that the fast bowler is usually used in the later phases of the game as seen in domestic cricket, saying that the young Rajvardhan Hangargekar should have been used in powerplay.

"I was surprised when they gave the impact substitute Tushar Deshpande the new ball. In domestic cricket, he often bowls in the latter phases of the game. I thought maybe they could have given Rajvardhan Hangargekar the new ball," he said.

It will be homecoming for CSK in their next IPL 2023 match as they will face Lucknow Super Giants at Chepuak on April 3.

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