IPL 2021: “Dhoni should bat at 4 once CSK qualifies for the playoffs,” says Gautam Gambhir

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni has struggled with his batting form in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021). He preferred to bat mostly at number 6-7 in the ongoing tournament but hasn’t found much success.

CSK have got a very strong batting unit and Dhoni mostly kept himself lower in the batting order. He even sent Ravindra Jadeja above him to bat on a few occasions.

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir knows the importance of Dhoni’s batting form and he wants him to come at number 4 after CSK seals a place in the playoffs.

“MS Dhoni should bat at No.4 once CSK qualifies for the playoffs, irrespective of whether you are chasing or batting first so that you are able to spend time in the middle. I will want to see that, hopefully it happens. The best thing about a captain is that it is his own wish, he can bat anywhere he wants,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.

“Your No.3 and No.4 will not always score runs. You need to bat a little more. The more runs you score, it will keep getting easier,” he added.

Super Kings have won 7 out of 9 matches and they are very close to assuring a place in the top four. Currently, the Dhoni-led side is at the top after Match 35 in IPL 2021.

“You will qualify for the playoffs but it should not happen that the responsibility falls on you, you lose early wickets and you have to come and score runs,” he signed off.