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Why Jadeja should bat ahead of Dhoni in Qualifier 1?

Ravindra Jadeja And Mahendra Singh Dhoni There has been an opposite IPL season. While Jadeja tops the Chennai Super Kings batting chart with a strike-rate of 145.51, compared to Dhoni with 95.04 sails. In 14 league matches, Jadeja has scored 227 runs and his captain has scored 96 runs. So why is Dhoni batting ahead of Jadeja?

While the left-arm spin-all-rounder is seen as a finisher, his use has been less. He faced 156 balls in 14 matches. Batting higher up the order and facing more deliveries can yield even bigger returns. It will be interesting to see the thought process of the CSK team management going into Qualifier 1 against Delhi Capitals in Dubai on Sunday after three losses on spin.

Dhoni of color

Back to the CSK vs DC Group league match played just five days ago in Dubai. Batting first, CSK scored 136/5, with Dhoni scoring 18 off 27 balls. His fans would like to forget how DC fast bowler Enrique Nortje made him rush through his shots. Once a great finisher, the 40-year-old has struggled to force the pace throughout this IPL. Devoid of regular cricket, he looks horribly undercooked.

Jadeja coming to No 7 and facing just two balls was a derision. DC won the match by three wickets with two balls to spare. CSK missed a move by not promoting Jadeja up the order. And along with the fallen catch of Gautam Shimron HetmyerThis was one of the reasons for his defeat.

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There was a similar scene during CSK’s last match against Punjab Kings. Dhoni again came to bat in front of Jadeja, he hit 15 balls for 12 runs. As a result, the left-handed batsman was not allowed to run his innings on a pitch that would require some time for a new batsman to settle down.

It is believed that Dhoni needed to bat in the middle before the playoffs. However, placing orders at the expense of Jadeja’s promotion did not seem like a smart choice. CSK’s batting in this period has been mainly dominated by their openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis – with 533 and 546 runs respectively. In the first part of the tournament in India, Moeen Ali Registered your presence at No. But in the second stage in the United Arab Emirates, especially towards the back-end of the group stage, the southpaw returned to form. Ali has not reached a score of more than 30 in his last four innings.

Improvements in Jadeja’s batting

during the test series England, captain of India Virat Kohli Was active enough to promote Jadeja in the batting order before out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane. Jadeja’s batting record got a boost in the last two seasons in international cricket. Together Suresh Raina, too, no longer the force he used to be – 160 runs in 12 matches – CSK have apparently failed to fully capitalize on Jadeja’s dominant form.

CSK’s Ravindra Jadeja in action with Sam Curran against KKR. (IPL)

The 32-year-old has been enough to change the course of a match several times as a batsman and CSK’s fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi was an affair. The three-time IPL champion surrendered Pahal, losing two wickets – Raina and Dhoni – in an over, while the asking rate increased to 13. With 26 required off 12 balls, Jadeja flattened the famous Krishna in an over of 22 runs. .

The losers of Qualifier 1 will get a second bite at Cherry, but winning it and reaching the final is clearly the preferred route. All eyes will be on CSK to use Jadeja as a batsman.

development of capitals

DC’s evolution as a team under the head coach over the last two seasons Ricky Ponting This has been one of the positive stories of IPL. be it Shreyas Iyer Or Rishabh Pant, a young captain working under the guidance of a high-profile coach has done a great job for the Delhi-based franchise. This is in contrast to the way CSK’s system works, but the Capitals have benefited from the policy.

They reached the final last year and topped the group stage with 20 points from 14 matches.

In terms of balance, DC are in a better position than their Qualifier 1 opponents, which includes all bases – top-order, middle-order, pace and spin.

The correct development of a team is marked by its consistency. For a young team, this is also the biggest challenge, as success does not usually follow a linear direction. DC have become surprisingly consistent – they have lost just four games in this period – by embracing consistency. Even in the last group game, they didn’t rotate much. And though DC lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore, Prithvi ShawThe sweet strike of the ball inspired confidence.

T20 matches, however, highlight the unpredictability of football’s penalty shoot-outs and sometimes just two-three deliveries can make all the difference.

DC boasts of Nortje’s speed, Kagiso Rabadacraft and Avesh KhanThe Purple Patch of K wants to dismiss CSK’s openers early and target an iffy middle-order. But Jadeja, should CSK’s think-tank reach a decision, coming to bat at No. 5 could be the antidote.

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