IPL 2024: Reason why MS Dhoni is batting lower down the order for CSK

May 7, 2024

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) veteran MS Dhoni‘s decision to bat lower down the order has sparked debate among fans and pundits alike. However, recent revelations suggest Dhoni’s batting position is not a tactical choice, but a necessity due to a hidden injury.

Muscle Tear Limits Dhoni’s Movement

According to Times of India, Dhoni has been battling a muscle tear throughout IPL 2024. This limits his running ability significantly, making it difficult for him to bat in the top order where quick running between the wickets is crucial. This explains Dhoni’s delayed arrival at the crease in recent matches, leading to criticism from some quarters.

Playing Through Pain for the Team

The injury occurred earlier in the season, and with CSK’s second wicketkeeper, Devon Conway, also sidelined due to injury, Dhoni has had no choice but to play through the pain. Reports suggest he even takes medication before matches to manage the discomfort and minimizes his running between the wickets.

Doctors Advise Rest, But Dhoni Persists

Medical professionals have reportedly advised Dhoni to rest, but the CSK stalwart, known for his unwavering commitment to the team, has refused to sit out. As per the reports, CSK sources have claimed that the defending champions are playing with their “B team” due to injuries, and Dhoni feels his presence, even in a limited capacity, is vital.

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Dhoni’s Dedication Earns Support

This revelation has garnered sympathy for Dhoni. Critics who questioned his batting position are now acknowledging the sacrifice he is making for the team. One source close to CSK told TOI: “Those who are criticizing Dhoni don’t know the sacrifice that he is doing for this team.”

Despite the challenges, Dhoni remains a guiding force for young captain Ruturaj Gaikwad. While acknowledging that Gaikwad’s leadership is still under development, Dhoni reportedly believes in his potential.

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