Sanjay Manjrekar, a former India batsman, has stated that in IPL 2023, MS Dhoni has effectively managed the team and dealt with his age well, as he continues to perform exceptionally for CSK with a strike rate of almost 200.
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IPL 2023: Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has commented on the impressive performance of MS Dhoni in IPL 2023, where he not only managed the Chennai Super Kings team well, but also handled himself effectively.
Despite carrying a knee injury, the 41-year-old captain has played in all 8 matches so far this season. He has slotted himself as a pinch-hitter in the final overs of the game, instead of batting higher up the order like in the previous two seasons.
Dhoni’s strike rate in the last 3 seasons had been low, but in IPL 2023, he has faced only 31 balls and scored at an impressive strike rate of 196. Despite the absence of key players like Deepak Chahar and Ben Stokes due to injury, Dhoni has managed to extract the best out of an inexperienced pace-bowling attack comprising of Tushar Desphande, Akash Singh and Sri Lanka’s Matheesha Pathirana.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have won 5 out of their 8 matches and are currently in the top 4 of the IPL 2023 points table.
Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer, praised MS Dhoni’s cleverness and said that he understands his limitations well.
Manjrekar added that this season “Dhoni is managing both himself and the team effectively, and we are seeing a new avatar of him.”
In their 9th match of the season against Punjab Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, CSK won the toss and decided to bat first. It is worth noting that they have never lost an afternoon game at home after choosing to bat first. Despite losing their previous game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, Dhoni did not make any changes to the starting XI.
Former Australian cricketer Aaron Finch has commented on the improvement in Ajinkya Rahane’s performance, saying that the freedom he has received at CSK under the guidance of MS Dhoni and head coach Stephen Fleming has been instrumental in his success in IPL 2023.
In IPL 2022, Rahane had only managed to score 144 runs in 7 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders, but in the current season, he has been in fantastic form for CSK, scoring 224 runs in 6 matches at a strike rate of almost 190.
According to Finch, Rahane had thought that his IPL career was over after a poor performance last year, but he received a new opportunity when CSK signed him. With Dhoni and Fleming encouraging him to play freely and express himself, Rahane has been able to make the most of this opportunity.