Former Australian cricketer turned expert Brad Hogg talked about MS Dhoni’s finishing skills and decoded his plans in the business end of the game. The veteran spinner said that Dhoni has a self-belief that he can get his team over the line whatever the target is in the final over.
Brad Hogg Praises MS Dhoni
In the CSK’s last match against Mumbai Indians, winning the toss CSK choose to bowl first and let Mumbai Indians to score 155 runs for 7 wickets loss at the end of the innings.
CSK in the second innings made a steady start but fails to fire at the middle. CSK was in need of 17 runs off last over where Unadkat dismissed Pretorius in the very first delivery and made a shocking dismissal.
While MS Dhoni is on strike CSK is in need of 16 runs off 4 balls where MS Dhoni hits 6, 4, 2, and 4 runs and leads the side to register their second victory. Right after the victory knock MS Dhoni starts to receive praises from all around the cricket community.
“MS Dhoni wants that particular moment. He wants it because he believes in himself. No target is too big. Whether it’s 15 runs an over or 30 runs an over, he still believes that he can get his team over the line. Also the reputation, he already knows that the bowler is thinking that he is good at this role at the back end and he can win from any situation,” Hogg said on his Youtube Channel.
Hogg further pointed out that Dhoni doesn’t target the 18th and 19th over and in the 20th he played with the bowler’s mind.
“His scoring rate is not that high in the 18th and the 19th over,” he added. “He is just working the ball around, making sure that he’s got control of the run rate. It’s between him and the bowler in the final over and he tries to attack the bowler in the first couple of balls. Once he does that, his reputation overrides the bowler’s mind,” he added.
Chennai Super Kings would look for inspiration from the talismanic Dhoni once again while eyeing improvement on multiple fronts when they take on Punjab Kings in the IPL on Sunday.
CSK have won two out of their seven matches so far while Punjab Kings are a touch better with three victories from seven outings.
While PBKS are placed eighth, CSK occupies the penultimate slot in the IPL 2022 points table.