IPL 2022: Speak, Virat! Dhoni sticks to being tried, tested and trusted

When Virat Kohli pushed the ball to the left of the shelter in the sixth over where it was half stopped after the dive, headed for one. His partner Faf du Plessis was not so sure; he stammered halfway, taking a few steps back, waiting for a sign from Kohli. It didn’t come, but in the end they certainly crossed over.

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis run during the RCB match against CSK. (Source: iplt20.com)

When he was at the other end, du Plessis motioned to Kohli to shout his intention. He even approached and talked and while Kohli seemingly suggested he was waiting to see if the ball was stopped clean or not, du Plessis shook his head gently with a smile and once again gave the signal that he should say his intention. They both smiled and returned to their seats. The pair moved quickly, mostly through the frontiers at first, but they began to calm down by the end of Powerplay.

-Sriram Veera

Dhoni sticks to being tried, tested and trusted

There are some things that are constant in life – such as MS Dhoni’s love affair with spin. Over and over again, he puts skating under furious innings by applying spin-choke. On Wednesday, Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli settled down nicely, and the South African in particular looked ominously in the mood. But then, in the most predictable course of events, the Chennai Super Kings pulled them back with their combination of tweakers.

It’s probably the oldest trick in Dhoni’s book, but oppositions still succumb to it, more often than not. It doesn’t matter who the bowlers are – they are today Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali and Maheesh Theekshana, who combined to score five wickets for 75 in 12 overs when three seamers received 93 rounds in their eight overs. Returning to the saddle after Jadeja resigned as captaincy, Dhoni stuck to a template that had worked for him for a decade and a half.

-Tushar Bhaduri

Maximum effect

When CSK looks back on their failed chase on Wednesday, they would rightly feel that they were committed by two Australians. One was the threat they expected, and the other was much less – at least with the ball.

Josh Hazlewood has been a transformed T20 bowler lately and was one of the main reasons why Australia won the World Cup last year. His spell of 19/1 from four overs (wicket MS Dhoni) when CSK chased 174 stopped from the start.

But Glenn Maxwell‘s 2/22 spell – four innings in a row in the middle of the inning – probably did more damage than it did when CSK hoped to add a boost. Wickets of Ambati Rayudu and Robin Uthappa, two hitters who were expected to go deep in the chase, added to the joy of the RCB.

Maxwell ran out cheaply, but showed that the Big Show can’t be written off from any competition.

-Tushar Bhaduri

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