One Saw A Change In Captaincy Tactics Of MS Dhoni From IPL 2020, Says Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra said that there was a massive change in MS Dhoni’s captaincy tactics in IPL 2021 as compared to last year’s edition of the league. MS Dhoni seemed to be under pressure last season in IPL 2020, with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsmen not firing as per expectations and unable to post substantial scores. The talismanic skipper was back to his calm and collected self in IPL 2021, as his team delivered the goods to be placed 2nd before IPL 2021 was postponed for rising Covid-19 cases. Aakash Chopra Liked MS Dhoni’s Captaincy In IPL 2021 Which Was Changed

One Saw A Change In Captaincy Tactics Of MS Dhoni From IPL 2020, Says Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra said that there was a massive change in MS Dhoni’s captaincy tactics in IPL 2021 as compared to last year’s edition of the league.

MS Dhoni seemed to be under pressure last season in IPL 2020, with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsmen not firing as per expectations and unable to post substantial scores. The talismanic skipper was back to his calm and collected self in IPL 2021, as his team delivered the goods to be placed 2nd before IPL 2021 was postponed for rising Covid-19 cases.

MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Liked MS Dhoni’s Captaincy In IPL 2021 Which Was Changed Compared To IPL 2020 7 Indians Played Continuously Unlike Last Season

While reviewing CSK’s performance in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra picked MS Dhoni’s astute leadership as one of the reasons for the franchise’s turnaround.

“One thing I liked a lot was MS Dhoni’s captaincy. We could see a change in his captaincy from last year to this year. Last year we saw Dhoni, he had only five bowlers at the start and he made changes quickly,” said Chopra.

The cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out that MS Dhoni has played the same seven Indian players in all encounters of IPL 2021 thus far.

“Ruturaj didn’t score runs and he was dropped. Narayan Jagadeesan was dropped, players were getting dropped very quickly. But this time in seven encounters, seven Indians played continuously. He did not change a single Indian player,” observed Chopra.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

CSK had one of the most consistent batting line-ups in the tournament. With six of their batsmen scoring half-centuries, they didn’t rely on anyone in particular. Before IPL 2021 was suspended last week, CSK was placed second with 10 points and a net run rate of +1.263 – the highest among all teams.

IPL 2020 was a season the Chennai Super Kings brigade would want to forget in a hurry. For the first time in the history of the tournament and in all the editions till then that CSK had played (11), the MS Dhoni-led side failed to make the cut for the play-offs.

Aakash Chopra: Overseas Changes Were Only Injury Related

Aakash Chopra highlighted even the overseas changes were injury-forced and to maintain the balance of the line-up.

“The overseas changes were only injury related. Moeen Ali got injured, so he got Dwayne Bravo to get an all-rounder. He also thought of playing a spinner as Moeen Ali’s spin will not be there,” added Chopra.

CSK has used just 13 players in the seven matches they have played in IPL 2021 to date. Imran Tahir was brought into the playing XI when Moeen Ali had to miss an encounter due to injury, while Dwayne Bravo and Lungi Ngidi played four and three matches respectively.

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra signed off by stating that consistency in selection showed MS Dhoni’s belief in his players.

“The tactical changes were absolutely fine but MS Dhoni not making the changes shows the confidence he had. It is because of this CSK and MS Dhoni are special, they are not trigger-happy, they give time and keep faith in their selections. Because of this they don’t find but make players,” concluded Chopra.

Many players have credited MS Dhoni for bringing out the best in them. A case in point is Deepak Chahar, who has acknowledged the CSK skipper’s role in his development as a death bowler.

Faf du Plessis continued from where he left in the UAE in 2020 scoring 320 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 145.45 including 4 fifties. The platform laid by him and opener (196 runs at a strike rate of 128.94) eased the pressure on the middle order and went a long way enabling CSK to put up massive totals.

Moeen Ali was a revelation with the bat at number three as he scored a useful 206 runs at a strike rate of 157.25. Ambati Rayudu-136 runs, Ravindra Jadeja-131 runs, Suresh Raina-123 runs also were among runs. Among the CSK bowlers, Sam Curran(9), Deepak Chahar (8), Ravindra Jadeja (6), Moeen Ali (5), and Lungi Ngidi(5) were among the wickets. Deepak Chahar twice took 4 wicket hauls.

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Aakash Chopra Surprised At CSK’s Turnaround In IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra has expressed surprise at the Chennai Super Kings‘ (CSK) massive turnaround in IPL 2021. CSK was the first team to get knocked out of the race for a playoff berth in IPL 2020 and eventually finished seventh in the standings. But the MS Dhoni-led outfit staged a grand comeback in IPL 2021 and was placed second in the points table when the tournament was suspended. Aakash Chopra Points Out Vast Difference Between IPL 2020 And IPL 2021 And Can’t Believe CSK’s Transformation In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that CSK was an invigorated

Aakash Chopra Surprised At CSK’s Turnaround In IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra has expressed surprise at the Chennai Super Kings‘ (CSK) massive turnaround in IPL 2021. CSK was the first team to get knocked out of the race for a playoff berth in IPL 2020 and eventually finished seventh in the standings. But the MS Dhoni-led outfit staged a grand comeback in IPL 2021 and was placed second in the points table when the tournament was suspended.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Points Out Vast Difference Between IPL 2020 And IPL 2021 And Can’t Believe CSK’s Transformation

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that CSK was an invigorated lot in IPL 2021. The cricketer-turned-commentator acknowledged that he did not believe the franchise would be able to stage such a turnaround within a year.

“There was a vast difference between IPL 2020 and IPL 2021. CSK played like a Dad’s Army in 2020 and everyone got the superpowers as soon as 2021 came. The kings had become the Super Kings. Such a transformation can happen in six months, I and a lot of my friends had not thought so. But this team showed that,” said Aakash Chopra.

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

The inclusion of Moeen Ali and the stability in their batting order played a massive role in CSK’s revival in IPL 2021. As both Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu hadn’t played any competitive cricket before the IPL 2021, MS Dhoni went with Moeen Ali at No.3. The move paid off well as the English all-rounder amassed 206 runs at an average of 34.33 and a strike rate of 157.25.

Aakash Chopra Picked CSK’s Big Six Hitting Prowess As A Reason Behind Their Turnaround In IPL 2021 From IPL 2020

Aakash Chopra picked CSK’s improved big-hitting prowess as one of the primary reasons behind their turnaround this season.

“The first thing that has changed for CSK is their six-hitting ability. If we talk about 2020, it is not that they played only in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, they played in Sharjah as well but were not hitting the sixes,” Aakash Chopra added.

The former Indian batsman admitted he did not believe CSK would make the playoffs in IPL 2021 due to a lack of six-hitting ability in their line-up.

“When the first encounters were in the small Wankhede ground and after that they went to Delhi, it was in our mind that Chennai will be stuck because who will hit the sixes. I thought this team will not qualify because of this reason,” Aakash Chopra further maintained.

Faf Du Plessis
Faf Du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra signed off by sharing some numbers to substantiate his point.

“If you talk about 2020, CSK was second-last in terms of the number of sixes. They hit a total of 75 sixes and were taking 22 balls to hit a six while the Mumbai Indians were hitting a six every 13.2 balls and hit 137 in total. This year they have played only seven encounters, and have hit 62 sixes, with a six every 13.1 balls,” concluded Aakash Chopra.

Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis, with 13 sixes each, have cleared the ropes on most occasions for CSK in IPL 2021. They are closely followed by Moeen Ali, who has hit 12 maximums thus far.

This is in sharp contrast to IPL 2020 where the 14 sixes hit by Faf Du Plessis, the most by a CSK batsman, came in almost double the matches. CSK hit the most sixes(62) this season before IPL 2021 was suspended midway due to rising Covid-19 cases in India.

Faf du Plessis continued from where he left in the UAE in 2020 scoring 320 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 145.45 including 4 fifties.

The platform laid by him and opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (196 runs at a strike rate of 128.94) eased the pressure on the middle order and went a long way enabling CSK to put up massive totals. -136 runs, Ravindra Jadeja-131 runs, Suresh Raina-123 runs also were among runs.

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