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'Come on, bat for...': Pathan questions Dhoni's batting position

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NEW DELHI: Former Indian all-rounder

Irfan Pathan

expressed bewilderment at Chennai Super Kings' decision to persistently utilize veteran batter MS Dhoni in a lower batting order position, despite his solid form and the team's fluctuating match situations.
During CSK's encounter against Punjab Kings in Dharamsala, Pathan observed Dhoni entering the fray as low as No. 9, with just eight balls remaining in their innings, a move that left him perplexed.

"I know that he is 42, but he is in solid form. He should be taking the responsibility of batting up the order. He should bat for at least four to five overs," Pathan remarked on Star Sports.

Pathan emphasized the need for Dhoni to assume a more prominent batting role, particularly earlier in the innings, rather than being confined to a brief cameo in the final overs. "He is batting for the last over or last 2 overs and that doesn’t serve the purpose for CSK for a long term," Pathan added.
Dhoni's dismissal for a golden duck further underscored the questionable decision-making regarding his batting position. Pathan highlighted the significance of Dhoni's contributions, especially in critical match scenarios, urging CSK to reassess their strategy and optimize Dhoni's batting potential.

Acknowledging Dhoni's impact in previous matches, Pathan stressed the necessity for a proactive approach in utilizing his expertise, especially considering CSK's playoff aspirations.
"When the team needed him, you can’t send

Shardul Thakur

ahead of yourself. They need to work out something; someone has to tell Dhoni, 'Come on mate, bat for four overs'," Pathan added.

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