Takeaways from Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings- by Sudhanshu R. Das

There are so many takeaways from the match between Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings. Making runs was difficult on a slow sticky track of Feroz Shah Kotla ground of Delhi. Going for big hits was risky as the ball was not coming to the bat well. Delhi Capitals made a modest 147 for 6. While chasing a modest total Dhoni men were under pressure after Shane Watson failed to Amit Mishra leg spin. It was too much risky to go for big hit. CSK crawled to the finishing line and required 13 runs in 11 balls. Dhoni took the risk when it was needed most. A towering six over bowler’s head almost relieved the pressure. Bravo played three dot balls and there was tension rising on unusually cool Dhoni’s face. There were only two runs to score. One can see how a captain makes a difference with his piece of advice. Dhoni walked to Bravo and told him to shuffle across. Bravo shuffled across and pulled the ball to the boundary. Had Bravo been out or gave another dot ball things would have been difficult for CSK. A captain should be a critical judge of the

Rishav Pant who made a sensational 78 runs in 27 balls against Mumbai Indians, fell to his temptation. He was trying to capitalise his superior onside hitting ability. His back foot six over extra cover was a gem of a shot. He fell to Dhoni’s trap. Dhoni read him well in the last match. Rishav is tempted to hit lustily at anything outside leg stump to square legs and third man fence. He fell while playing a typical shot which cricket pundit will always disapprove. He never turned his leg nor his waist part to the direction of the ball. He just turned his neck and swung his bat to hit the ball to the square leg only to give a catch at short midwicket. This is the area Rishav has to work on if he wants to be big like Yuvraj Singh who synchronised well while hitting to square leg and third man area. He can’t afford to play onside stroke without moving the lower part of his body. The young, hardworking and dedicated batsman Rishav can always mature.

Shikhar Dhawan was full of attractive strokes but has to necessarily work hard to play quality spinners with confidence. He can’t always afford to neutralise spin by hitting hard. Dhoni, Kedar Yadav and Suresh Raina together made 89 runs on a sticky wicket. One can learn from CSK’s strategy of stealing singles and two instead of going for big hits on a pitch where balls come to the bat late.

An effective one day player, Raina still makes runs, bowls well and he is an excellent fielder, But Raina has to play some explosive innings to prove that he is still good for world cup which needs batsman cum bowler. Kedar Yadav bowls well and a few good innings will earn him a place in the world cup. Amit Mishra is a good leg spinner with fighting spirit. He can score runs as a tailender. It is sad to note that the team management has not groomed him as a potential strike bowler. Amit has to pick up some more wicket and shed his flab to be a contender for the world cup. The IPL is a big scanner.

By Sudhanshu Das