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IPL 2020: ‘Want to try different things’, says Dhoni on batting lower down the order

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni has said that the team is trying out different things as of now, which is why he has dropped down the in the batting order His remarks came after CSK’s 16-run loss against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni turned up to bat in the 14th over of the innings with CSK at 114/5 when the side still needed 103 runs for the win and many pundits and experts have said that Dhoni should have come in earlier.

Dhoni told Star Sports at the post-match presentation that he had not batted for a very long time and the 14-day quarantine didn’t really help. He said that he was slowly trying to get into the tournament, also at the same time, they want to try a few different things like Sam Curran or Ravindra Jadeja, sending them up.

He added that it was something they haven’t done for a very long time and that gives them an opportunity to do that, at the start of the tournament. He added that as the tournament progresses senior players will be seen stepping in and taking that responsibility, but otherwise, they had been one team that has kept doing the same thing. He said that he feels that they had an opportunity over there where they could try a few different things if that worked. He added that if that didn’t work, they could always go back to what their strengths were.

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Dhoni found going a little tough initially as he was able to score just nine runs off his first twelve balls, but in the final over as CSK needed 38 to win, Dhoni was able to smash 20 runs, including three sixes. For CSK, Faf du Plessis top-scored after playing a knock of 72 from just 37 balls. The MS Dhoni-led side posted 200 in the end, but they still lost the match by 16 runs.

Earlier, Sanju Samson had played a knock of 74 runs from just 32 balls to take Rajasthan Royals’ total to 216/7 in the allotted twenty overs. Skipper Steve Smith also registered 69 runs. The game-changing moment had come in the final over of Rajasthan’s innings as Jofra Archer smashed CSK’s Lungi Ngidi for 30 runs. CSK will next take on Delhi Capitals on September 25 while Rajasthan will face Kings XI Punjab on September 27.

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